Nokia and Proximus deliver 5G network slicing innovation to support demanding network conditions

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Nokia and Proximus announced on Tuesday that they have effectively improved the performance of 5G network slicing under demanding network situations by leveraging radio software-defined networking and radio resource allocation technologies. Real-world applications were utilised in a live trial at Proximus’ 5G Innovation Lab in Brussels to show how a consistent customer experience can be guaranteed in crowded network situations. A wide range of use cases, including Industry 4.0, IoT, corporate applications, public safety, drone inspection, virtual and augmented reality, and cloud gaming, benefit from the new 5G RAN slicing feature. The solution is currently trial-ready and will be made commercially accessible for 5G standalone in Q3.

Through the use of radio software-defined networking and radio resource allocation technologies, Nokia and Proximus today revealed that they have effectively improved the performance of 5G network slicing under challenging network circumstances. Real-world applications were utilised in a live trial at Proximus’ 5G Innovation Lab in Brussels to show how a consistent customer experience can be guaranteed under crowded network circumstances. The benefits of the new 5G RAN slicing capabilities extend to a variety of use cases, including Industry 4.0, IoT, corporate applications like public safety and drone inspection, as well as virtual and augmented reality and cloud gaming. For 5G standalone, the solution is currently trial-ready and will be offered commercially in Q3.

For slices with time-sensitive applications, the successful experiment assigned particular radio resources together with additional radio capabilities to decrease latency. It also highlighted the control and dynamic adaptation of slice characteristics, namely the radio resources per slice, by the operator. Technologies for allocating radio resources can be employed in a radio network that is shared by several operators.

“We are delighted to have completed this network slicing trial with Nokia which will support our customers with enhanced network slicing capabilities that will keep key services running smoothly even at demanding or busy times. Our advanced 5G network supports our customers’ business by enabling new kinds of services and making the network more efficient. We will continue to develop innovations and the latest applications, as our mission is to bring the opportunities of 5G to our customers,”

Geert Standaert, CTO, Proximus, said.

Nokia’s slice-aware radio resource allocation can be used for both 5G SA slices and 5G NSA packets. It also provides smooth continuity across 4G and 5G networks, adding to the features currently present in LTE. Real-time control of RAN resources, schedulers, quality of service, security, traffic isolation, and routing are made possible by radio software-defined networking, which is especially important when customising a slice to the needs of particular business applications or use cases. It is applicable for edge slicing and 4G/5G slicing.

Nokia is the market leader in 4G/5G network slicing and was the first to show management and assurance for 4G/5G network slicing spanning RAN-Transport-Core. All LTE, 5G NSA, and 5G SA devices are supported by Nokia’s network slicing solution, allowing mobile operators to take advantage of a vast ecosystem of devices and offer slice continuity over 4G and 5G.

“This trial with our partner, Proximus, is the latest development in our pioneering network slicing story. We have focused on delivering a consistent slice-specific customer experience that performs under any circumstances or network conditions. We have achieved another key milestone with this project and delivered innovative new functionality that helps our customers create compelling new services,”

Tommi Uitto, President of Mobile Networks at Nokia, said.

With Nokia’s international customer base, several live network deployments and trials have already been conducted, including the introduction of new slicing capabilities like edge slicing in Virtual Private Networks, end-to-end LTE-NSA-SA network slicing, fixed wireless access slicing, sliced private wireless, as well as slice management automation and orchestration.

Customers in Belgium are provided with a high-quality mobile network and all-encompassing mobile coverage by Proximus. The company’s goal to lead the field in mobile network innovation is aided by this study. Proximus offers extra assistance, together with its affiliates, in addition to its extensive knowledge as a leading 5G player in Belgium, spanning from security and intelligent cloud solutions to artificial intelligence and IoT.


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