Network Slicing for 5G, 4G, 3G, and 2G
By bringing 4G and 5G capabilities like low latency, network slicing and RAN sharing, MNOs can provide differentiated services to their 2G, 3G, 4G, and 5G end users and verticals resulting in new revenue opportunities and faster return on the investment.
Features and Capabilities
In order to support the different type of services, the network resources, all the way from the RAN to the Internet access, will require the ability to have End-to-End ‘slices’, each of them with their own performance characteristics, isolated from the other slices. Each slice will have a requirement for a different QoS, security considerations, latency characteristics, In-line Services, etc. For example, the network characteristics for a Best Effort IoT slice will differ significantly from a high-end enterprise slice (think throughput, latency, always-on vs intermittent connection, data volume, voice vs data-only)
The Parallel Wireless
Open RAN Solution is the only solution that is capable in orchestrating the slicing functionality for all technologies (5G, 4G, 3G and 2G).
The network slicing functionality contains access network slices and the selection function in the Parallel Wireless Open RAN Solution that connects these RAN slices into Core network slice as a complete network slice comprised of both the access network and the core network (CN). The selection function routes communications to an appropriate CN slice that is tailored to provide specific services. The criteria of defining the access slices and CN slices include the need to meet different service/applications requirements and to meet different communication requirements. Each core network slice is built from a set of network functions (NFs). An important factor in slicing is that some NFs can be used across multiple slices, while other NFs are tailored to a specific slice.
In addition to being able to handle 2G, 3G & 4G RAN functionality, the PW Open RAN solution would be able to support multiple 5G network architecture deployment options simultaneously. Each gNodeB can be configured to work as a gNB for NSA or as gNB for SA. Intelligent algorithms in the software platform can handle routing of signaling and data from each eNB/gNB to the required EPC/5GC. The intelligent algorithms are also able to provide slicing like functionality to legacy 2G/3G networks as well as 4G.
Slicing helps support new use cases and differentiated experiences including
private networks and will be a source of new revenue for the mobile operators. Vodafone Turkey Case Study
Learn how Parallel Wireless OpenRAN software enabled differentiated experience for 2G and 4G Customers at Much Lower Cost.
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