WHAT’S THE OUTLOOK ON NETWORK SLICING FOR 5G?
Mavenir recently announced a virtualized network slicing software solution dubbed CloudRange Network Slice Suite. The idea is virtual provisioning of a network within a network based on “criteria that are required for practical deployments such as subscriber data/intelligence in the network, MVNO network setup, and network upgrade with virtualized multivendor deployments.”
Mavenir President and CEO Pardeep Kohli said operators don’t have to wait for 5G to use network slicing to “reduce costs of existing traffic. We have built a slicing orchestrator function that works across the radio, the core and applications. Until now, it’s just been applications and core running through NFV but we are implementing a similar approach with Mavenir’s Cloud RAN which includes radio slicing. We are essentially redefining the mobile network economics today and providing a runway for migration to 5G.”