Indian telecom operator Vodafone Idea (Vi) has announced that it partnered with Nokia to demonstrate network slicing over the 5G standalone (SA) network.
The pan-India integrated GSM operator said in a press release that it used Nokia’s 5G Radio Access Network (RAN) and 5G core to go make this demonstration possible.
Vodafone Idea conducted this demonstration in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. The telco used the 5G spectrum allocated by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT).
According to the release, network slicing allows service providers to create multiple virtual networks over the same physical network. These virtual networks can be configured based on different parameters, including network performance, speed, bandwidth, and latency, to offer differentiated services. This allows service providers to cost-effectively address the requirements of diverse customers by creating network slices in line with Service Level Agreements (SLAs) within minutes.
During this demonstration, two network slices were created. The first network slice was meant for the general data traffic, and the second slice was established for high speed and extremely low latency.
Without the second slice, virtual reality content achieved a lower resolution delivering an average user experience.
Using Nokia’s solution, with security built-in from the earliest product design phase, Vi showcased that network slicing significantly improved the user experience by allowing viewers to enjoy the high-resolution VR content.
Jagbir Singh, CTO at Vodafone Idea Limited, said: "Network slicing opens up new and exciting opportunities and will allow our enterprise customers to gain new competencies and efficiencies from 5G-powered use cases, like Virtual Reality, Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things (IoT), among others. As we prepare for 5G for a better tomorrow for consumers and enterprises, we are happy to partner with our longstanding partner, Nokia, to trial network slicing capabilities and look forward to working with them on 5G deployment."