Ericsson, OPPO, and Qualcomm Test 5G Enterprise Network Slicing
Ericsson, OPPO, and Qualcomm have successfully trialed a 5G enterprise network slicing solution on a commercial Android 12 handset. This latest technology milestone marks a significant step towards bringing the benefits of network slicing to enterprises globally.
The pre-commercial trial used Ericsson’s Dynamic Network Slicing Selection, a recent addition to the company’s dual-mode 5G Core portfolio, and 5G RAN slicing, which together delivers the required new network capabilities for this new solution. The trial was completed using an OPPO Find X5 Pro powered by Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Mobile Platform with Snapdragon X65 Modem-RF System.
With the OPPO Find X5 Pro running on a customized version of Android 12, ColorOS 12, the solution enables enterprise applications and services with specific requirements to use defined network slices without switching devices. The solution makes it clear what mobile apps and services can use the slicing capabilities with the aid of a small icon displayed next to the main mobile app icon.
The three partners tested the 5G enterprise network slicing solution at OPPO’s 5G Communications Lab, and successfully demonstrated application and network traffic partitioning. The solution can create multiple virtual end-to-end network slices and is intended to be commercialized for communications service providers worldwide.
Viewed as an important part of the successful monetization of 5G investments, network slicing enables service differentiation and guaranteed performance to industries, enterprises, and consumers. It allows for dedicated levels of speed, latency, and reliability, tailored to the specific needs of the service or application. With customizable network slices, enterprises can offer multiple services such as high-quality video communication with colleagues or remote control of devices like monitoring drones, as well as low latency cloud gaming.