Nokia has become the first company to offer automation of 4G and 5G network slicing (opens in new tab) across all network domains, including RAN, transport and core.
Network slicing is a critical part of 5G networking, as it enables operators to create multiple virtual networks, which can be tailored to specific 5G use cases. And Nokia has now introduced network management, controller and orchestration capabilities, which the company says can deliver network slicing services within minutes, instead of hours or days.
“Nokia is the first vendor to provide slicing in LTE and 5G networks in a multi-vendor network environment,” said Sasa Nijemcevic, head of network automation for Nokia’s IP/optical networks business. “By adding extreme automation capabilities, we are offering operators a single, modular solution that helps them deliver a new wealth of services at unprecedented speeds.”
Best performing slicing services
Nokia’s new automated slicing – which is an extension of the 4G/5G end-to-end network slicing solution Nokia announced in February – is expected to roll-out to customers by the end of 2020, and complies fully with the 3GPP and IETF slicing specifications.
“Telia is a global forerunner in 4G/5G network slicing, working for end-to-end network slicing since 2019 with Nokia,” said Janne Koistinen, 5G program director at Telia Finland. “Our customers require flexible, reliable and secure slicing services, available when and where needed. End-to-end network automation and assurance are critical for us to enable best performing slicing services with efficiency and high quality.”
Nokia’s new slicing management consists of radio, transport and core domain controllers and assurance tools. And according to Nokia, controllers will support real-time slice operations and automation for the “creation, modification and deletion of a large number of slices in their respective, multivendor domain”.
Operators will now be able to provide new slicing services for small, medium or large enterprises, with the new slicing capabilities being included in Nokia’s existing NetAct and SON/Self-Organizing Networks (radio) and Network Services Platform/NSP (transport and core) operations and assurance products.