Mobile network operators currently consider the low demand for network slices, since there is much work to do related to pricing and business models. The evolution of enterprise and industrial technologies in the IoT segment can make the operator expedite the rollout of the services that require low latency and high reliability.
Industrial IoT is the encouraging factor of the operator when it comes to the creation of network slices. It is an opportunity for the operators to utilize their network in an efficient manner. Implementation with pre-existing technologies is the another factor that might boost the demand for network slicing.
Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and Software Defined Networking (SDN) are the two technologies that are expected to be more integrated to the 5G mobile network architecture. They are designed to help operators to manage and scale the networks in a cost efficient manner. Slicing can be implemented individually along with these two technologies.
It is possible for the technology to evolve in line with SDN, NFV, cloud computing, AI as the 5G emerges. This will add perspective for the operator to urge the implementation of network slicing with existing technologies.
From the current standpoint, the network slicing is more of an aspiration than practice. However, it promises a huge ecosystem comprising of a number of opportunities.
To be continued…