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5G Network Slicing: A Look to the Future


Brian Mecum  (Vice President, Device Technology, Verizon)

Location: W230B

Date: Thursday, March 28

Time: 10:10 am - 10:40 am

Track: First Responder Communications

Topic: Critical Infrastructure, Private Networks

Format: Power Session

Vault Recording: TBD

Verizon Frontline

5G continues to be a top industry buzzword in the telecommunications industry, but the standard is designed to support more than just faster data rates. The transition to a 5G standalone (5G SA) core can support network slicing, a much-anticipated capability that lets a 5G network operator customize connectivity in a manner that best serves a particular application for a user group, from low-speed, high-reliability IoT sensors to high-bandwidth video that requires low latency. In some ways, network slicing can provide private-network capabilities to a user on a public carrier system.

Learn how network slicing is being tested today and the implications it can have for public safety and the rest of the critical-communications community. How far away is network slicing from being available in the field, both from a technical and commercial standpoint? How would a user group request a slice, and how quickly could it be implemented? Can reliability and quality-assurance metrics be included in a network slice?