SoftBank trials Segment Routing IPv6 Mobile User Plane in 5G Network

SoftBank has started a field trial of Segment Routing IPv6 Mobile User Plane (SRv6 MUP*1) in its commercial 5G Network.
SoftBank 5G networkSoftBank, which started the trial on February 13, 2023, said SoftBank-led SRv6 MUP can deliver 5G Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) and network slicing with cost-efficiency and operational advantages over legacy technologies. SoftBank is pursuing an accelerated introduction of SRv6 MUP in its commercial services.

SoftBank will exhibit an advanced demonstration of MEC and network slicing on SRv6 MUP, proving the operational ease of delivering network slicing to MEC when SRv6 MUP is used instead of conventional mobile user plane (U-plane) technologies. The demo will be at Mobile World Congress Barcelona (MWC Barcelona) in Spain from February 27 to March 2, 2023.