Cellcom and Telia deploy 5G Edge Slicing with Nokia

Nokia announced the world’s first deployment of 5G Edge Slicing on a live commercial network with mobile operators, Cellcom and Telia.
Nokia Finland 2019Nokia’s Edge Slicing solution allows operators to offer their Virtual Private Network (VPN) services over commercial 4G and 5G networks to enterprise customers.

Nokia and Cellcom’s trial with sliced RAN-Transport-Core is taking place in Netanya, Israel – focusing on business applications and the customer experience as well as enterprise interconnectivity over a high-speed metro network.

Nokia and Telia are running a live trial in Tampere, Finland together with high-tech global engineering group, Sandvik. The trial demonstrates how next-generation 5G Edge Slicing functions can operate with different mining equipment and digital applications

Nokia’s 5G Edge Slicing solution is an evolution of Nokia’s previously announced 4G/5G slicing capability. It enables operators to keep critical business data traffic local while running slice management, control, and assurance on existing central mobile data centers ensuring cost and operational efficiency.

A 5G virtual private network can be deployed in an area with a 4G/5G base station or in a campus, city, or regional area. With Nokia, CSPs can now offer their customers both on-premise 5G Private Networks or 5G Virtual Private Networks.

“Their new 5G Edge Slicing solution allows Cellcom to differentiate itself in the market with innovative enterprise solutions. It also enables us to develop new opportunities with Cloud Application Service providers,” Yaniv Koriat, CTO and VP Engineering at Cellcom Israel said in a news statement issued on Monday.

“We are the first to deploy the first-ever 5G Edge Slicing solution together with Nokia and our customer Sandvik, who is investing in digital mining technologies and the technology environment in its test mine in Tampere,” Jari Collin, CTO, Telia Finland, said.

Nokia also announced the launch of an automated RAN slice management solution allowing operators to select, deploy and manage slices across multiple RAN sites based on their customers’ requirements.

The new solution, which supports the management of LTE, 5G NSA and 5G SA RAN slices, consists of service quality, resource partitioning, RAN traffic isolation, and engineering as well as per slice security management functionalities.