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One of the most innovative aspects of the 5G architecture is its reliance on 5G network slicing.

Network slicing is a type of virtual networking architecture in the same family as software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV). Network slicing allows operators to provide portions of their networks for specific customer use cases — whether that use case is the smart home, the Internet of Things (IoT) factory, the connected car or the smart energy grid.

In network slicing, each use case receives a unique set of optimized resources and network topology — covering certain SLA-specified factors such as connectivity, speed and capacity — that suit the needs of that application.

One major benefit of 5G network slicing for network operators is the ability to deploy only the functions necessary to support particular customers and particular market segments.

It’s generally believed that this technique results directly in savings compared to being required to deploy full functionality to support devices that will use only a part of that functionality.

As the name suggests, network slicing involves creating the slices of a designated network.

The key feature of this technology is that each created slice has different attributes, such as low latency, ultra-high bandwidth and mobile broadband. The advantage of these slices is that they can now be used to serve multiple different use cases according to need.

Using network slicing in a 5G network responds to the potential popularity of 5G as the next-generation cellular network that can serve a large number of use cases.

The 5G network can provide high-speed network connection with high reliability and low latency, which makes 5G the preferred network for different use cases. The 5G network can be the serving network of IoT. Thus, the base network for all these use cases will be the 5G network.

Analysts are generally of the opinion that network slicing should be conducted to efficiently use the underlying resources of 5G networks.

Want to learn more? Tonex offers Fundamentals of 5G Network Slicing, a 2-day course that focuses on key principles, architecture and implementation of 5G network slicing.

Participants discover how to effectively use network slicing across 5G core, RAN and transport networks. You will also learn how network slicing is one of key components that provide 5G operation.

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