Nokia leads telcos in 5G network slicing trials

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Nokia is leading a research project including Deutsche Telekom and TIM that will explore the practical use-cases of 5G network slicing in industries.

The 5G Mobile Network Architecture (5G MoNArch) project will focus on exploring heavy communications usage in a tourist-heavy city and secure, reliable communications in a seaport environment.

The tests aim to provide detailed specification and extension of 5G architecture, focusing on concepts such as inter-slice control, cross-domain management, experiment-driven modelling and optimisation, and the cloud-enabled protocol stack. They will evaluate the performance of the architecture and aim to improve resilience, security and resource elasticity.

Alongside Nokia and the two European operators, the group includes 14 European based telco players, Huawei and Samsung, as well as universities and start-ups.

The project will run for two years with EU funding of €7.7 million under the EU’s public-private partnership 5G-PPP.

5G-PPP has now entered Phase II, which is testing and expanding upon concepts explored in the first phase. 5G MoNArch builds on the work of the previous 5G-NORMA research by 5G-PPP, which articulated the key architectural concepts for 5G.

Peter Merz, Head of End-to-End Mobile Networks Solutions at Nokia Bell Labs, said: "5G-PPP brings together a range of stakeholders from the communications technology sector and other industries. We follow a shared architecture of what the next-generation communications infrastructure needs to look like to enable and meet the network demands of the next decade.”

Earlier this month, Nokia teamed up with BT and Orange to build a platform that will allow developers to build and run cloud applications for 5G networks.

The 5G-PPP-backed project is working to create what it calls a Next Generation Platform-as-a-Service offering.