Service providers, together with the wider technology industry, need to work harder to demonstrate the value of network slicing – both to their organization, as well as to potential enterprise customers. The Outlook on the future of network slicing is overwhelmingly positive, and service providers are confident it will contribute to the success of 5G.
Showcasing live end-to-end 5G network slicing orchestration
Service provider professionals’ outlook on the future of network slicing is overwhelmingly positive and they’re confident it will contribute to the success of 5G. Furthermore, their primary motivation to pursue network slicing is to offer enterprise services. Such were the findings of Heavy Reading’s recent 5G Network Slicing Operator survey . In addition, while these stakeholders feel enterprise customers have some understanding of network slicing and see value in it, there remains some way to go to fully convince them. Meanwhile, despite the encouraging signs that operators will be able to successfully commercialize network slicing over the next two years, the majority are still in the early phases of implementation.
The conclusion is that operators, together with the wider technology industry, need to work harder to demonstrate the value of network slicing – both to their organization, as well as to potential enterprise customers.
So what’s holding them back?
As operators embark on their network-slicing business journeys, they are doing so with trepidation around technical and business challenges. Indeed, the survey indicated that operating complexity and cost are the top business challenges for network slicing. Today, these players are overwhelmingly aware of the role automation solutions play in alleviating this complexity. Indeed, over the next three years, 73% plan to augment their automation solutions by investing in new network and service orchestration solutions to meet the requirements of 5G network slicing. Arguably, this explains the large demand for technological proofs of concept to showcase the ability for such solutions to manage end-to-end lifecycle of 5G network slices and services across multiple network domains, as well as edge applications that enable new revenue-generating use cases.
Collaborative PoC showcases live end-to-end 5G network slicing orchestration
One such scenario was recently showcased jointly by A1 Telekom Austria Group and Amdocs. A1’s strategic objective was to demonstrate the plausibility and advantages of creating a software-defined architecture that can be deployed with any radio or infrastructure and at any location, with the ability to create edge application services capable of solving business-critical use cases.
Together, the two parties built a proof of concept (PoC) that demonstrated 5G slice operations and monetization based on Amdocs’ end-to-end service and network orchestration including:
- E2E lifecycle management of 5G network slices/network services and edge applications
- Network slice and network service orchestration across RAN and core network domains
- Application management and orchestration on the edge
- An example of a customer portal for ordering 5G network slices and network services
Case study: A1 Telekom Austria Group showcases live end-to-end 5G network slicing orchestration
A1 Telekom Austria Group selected Amdocs to design a multi-vendor E2E service and network orchestration PoC to manage the E2E lifecycle of 5G network slices and edge applications.
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