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Operators look for some slicing benefits even before deploying 5G core

Network slicing is one of the most significant promises of the broad 5G platform, though one whose full impact may take a decade to be felt. However, there has been a slow but steady stream of practical advances in this area over the past couple of years, and the latest comes from Deutsche Telekom, which is claiming the world’s first implementation of end-to-end slicing using a multivendor network. With slicing, operators can segment a single network into multiple virtual slices, each operating independently and securely, and optimized for a particular traffic or service type, vertical industry or user. Some companies already claim variations of slicing. An end-to-end personalized connection can be achieved using a virtual private network (VPN) of course.…

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