Nokia deploys 5G edge slicing solution on live commercial network

Nokia has announced a deployment of 5G edge slicing on a live commercial network with mobile operators, Cellcom and Telia. The Nokia 5G Edge Slicing solution allows operators to offer enterprise customers next-generation, secure, reliable, and high-performing VPN services over commercial 4G and 5G networks. The solution is available now for its global customer base.

Nokia and Cellcom’s trial with sliced RAN-Transport-Core is taking place in Netanya, Israel, and is focused on business applications and the customer experience as well as enterprise interconnectivity over a high-speed metro network.

Nokia and Telia are running a live trial in Tampere, Finland together with high-tech global engineering group, Sandvik. The trial demonstrates how next-generation 5G Edge Slicing functions can operate with different mining equipment and digital applications.

Tommi Uitto, president of mobile networks at Nokia, said, “These successful trials cover different use cases and customer requirements and demonstrate the possibilities of network slicing. I look forward to seeing this important new area grow and deliver opportunities to our customers in the coming year.”

Jari Collin, CTO, Telia Finland, added, “We are delighted to be the first to deploy the first-ever 5G Edge Slicing solution together with Nokia and our important customer Sandvik, who is investing heavily in digital mining technologies and the technology environment in its test mine in Tampere. Our advanced 5G network supports our customers’ business by enabling new kinds of services and making the network more efficient.”

Nokia’s 5G Edge Slicing solution is an evolution of Nokia’s previously announced 4G/5G slicing capability. It enables operators to keep critical business data traffic local while running slice management, control, and assurance on existing central mobile data centers ensuring cost and operational efficiency.

It is scalable and the same virtualised network infrastructure can be used by several customers in the same area. CSPs can use the offering to provide customers with on-premise 5G private networks or 5G virtual private networks.

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Charlotte Hathway

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