The Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2016 is currently running in Barcelona, Spain and will hold from February 22-25 – an occasion that Huawei and Deutsche Telekom have jointly seized to demonstrate the 5G E2E network slicing technology, the first of its kind in the world.
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The demo was run in Deutsche Telekom’s lab in Bonn, Germany, and is based on Huawei’s service-oriented architecture to make it possible for end-to-end network slicing via basic core network modularization and control plane/user plane separation. The core network and RAN interface are specified and implemented to support real end-to-end network slicing. For slice lifecycle management and slice monitoring, a slice manager to both the RAN and CN has been produced.
Both companies reveal the show was meant to promote “one physical network, multiple industry service” that gives customers the efficiency and flexibility of the 5G network architecture.
"Huawei is investing in tremendous innovation efforts into 5G key enabling technology," said David Wang, president of Huawei Wireless Network. "5G network slicing can enable a unified physical network infrastructure to support multiple industry services, including mobile broadband and vertical sectors. We will devote more effort to transforming the advanced innovation technologies into the best user experience for our customers."
With both companies teaming up to test 5G system technologies, air-interface, network architecture and other innovative tools, it can be expected that customers can eventually leverage on the expertise of both companies to enjoy the best of 5G when it is eventually deployed.
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"Network Slicing is envisioned for 5G in order to provide an efficient enablement of the highly versatile network characteristics that will be required to connect different industries, as well as the mass mobile broadband-like connectivity that our customers will demand," said Bruno Jacobfeuerborn, Chief Technology Officer, Deutsche Telekom. "We show that these capabilities can be provided as on-demand network services for diverging use cases."