The mass deployment of 5G networks is coming and will bring with it the ability to support new applications and industries, including fixed wireless services, enhanced mobile broadband, massive Internet of Things and ultra-reliable, low-latency services like augmented reality and remote surgery. To support diverse use-cases with different performance and reliability requirements, 5G will introduce network slicing that will enable operators to create logical or virtual network partitions.
Although network slicing will have a direct impact on mobile dedicated resources and their allocation, it will be the mobile transport network that will connect all the pieces together. Mobile network operators and wholesale transport providers will need a diverse set of transport tools to enable dynamic, deterministic packet delivery from the DWDM optical layer through to the IP layer as well as an open, intelligent controller to assign, monitor and manage resources and to interface with higher order OSS/BSS and service orchestration systems. Network automation and orchestration will also play a critical role in instantiating and manage network slices.
To facilitate a best-of-breed approach, network operators should:
In a nod toward ECI’s open approach and rich mobile deployment history, Ericsson announced a strategic partnership with ECI for 5G mobile transport in September 2018. The Muse software suite and ECI transport infrastructure solutions will be integrated with Ericsson’s end-to-end solutions for 5G and IoT use-cases. To learn more about ECI's 5G solutions, click here.
Tim Doiron is principal analyst for ACG Research’s Intelligent Networking practice, which includes Packet Optical Transport solutions, Data Center Interconnect, Transport/Multi-Layer SDN and mobile anyhaul. In addition, Tim has ongoing collaborations in open source adoption, network programmability and virtualization, visibility, telemetry and automation.