New 5G networks will be incredibly smart and will not only be faster, more responsive and more dependable than previous generations, but they will also introduce an architecture solution that will enable the creation of a set of logically independent networks that run on a common physical infrastructure. GSMA Intelligence estimates that there will be 1.2 billion 5G connections by 2025, covering 40% of the global population or about 2.7 billion people. 5G is a real opportunity to create an agile network which adapts to the different needs of specific industries and the economy.
Every business has particular network priorities and requirements whether it’s more bandwidth, security or faster response times. In the future, mobile operators will be able to create bespoke network slices that fulfil specific technical and business needs.
The report from GSMA provides an overview of how mobile operators and businesses will work collaboratively to ensure they get the optimal performance and features from the network.
It is anticipated that in the initial phases of 5G, there may be a limited number of standardised slices, however, mobile operators will be able to create bespoke slice types where business requirements of customers cannot be met by any of the standardised slices.
Starting from a clear understanding of what businesses want from a network and setting adequate service level agreements (SLA) will become a much more common way for operators and customers to enter business relationships.
5G network slicing will offer more ways of managing, monitoring and apportioning every aspect of the communications service offered. All the components that make up a communications proposition – such as bandwidth, dedicated processing power collected data, security model and so on – can be varied by management systems. This means that customers can get exactly the amount of performance and features they require.