Globe says it is the first communications service provider in the Philippines to deploy the end-to-end (E2E) network slicing function of 5G standalone (SA).
Put simply, end-to-end network slicing divides the network into separate channels, each designed specifically for different types of applications or groups of users. Each channel has its own resources and guarantees for performance, and functions, even while they all use the same physical infrastructure.
Showcased at the recent Globe Innovations Week, 5G network slicing allows Globe to adjust resources such as bandwidth, processing power, and network functions to meet the diverse demands of an increasingly connected world.
It can be used for a wide range of applications, from connecting Internet of Things (IoT) devices to supporting high-bandwidth activities such as streaming videos and virtual reality.
With this advance, Globe says it is equipped to offer customers a personalized, high-quality, secure, and adaptable network experience. The technology not only allows for the development and delivery of unique services and innovative applications but also accommodates customers’ growing data needs and ensures low-latency services.
Globe says it successfully carried out E2E network slicing across all domains, from access, transport, and core, by upgrading its network to support this feature. It configured four dedicated E2E slices with assured quality of service and bandwidth allocation.
All slices were tested and validated, successfully achieving aggregated speed results of 800 Mbps with varying slice speed of up to 200 Mbps depending on the bandwidth requirement of each slice type.
Now, of course, Globe, and other 5G SA operators, will need to meet the challenge of developing and monetising these capabilities, seen as a potential revenue stream at a time when other services, notably voice and text, are much less profitable than they once were.