Howard Watson, CEO of technology, service and operations at BT, said: “It’s our role to ensure that our fixed and mobile networks deliver the best possible experience for customers regardless of the demands placed on them.”
Network slicing will allow parts of an IP-based network to be ring-fenced for particular activities – such as enterprise services and live TV channels carried over 5G, but also including critical emergency services. The idea is that individual services will remain unaffected by bandwidth demands on the network as a whole.
Yang Chaobin, president of the 5G product line at Huawei, said that network slicing will allow the industry to build “a common infrastructure serving different vertical industries”. Network slicing “will be critical to effective delivery of services and improved efficiency”.
The companies said that new 5G slices can also be spun up in an agile way according to customer needs. “Customers are increasingly demanding converged networks that deliver a mix of flexibility, reliability and optimisation,” said Watson.