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Ericsson and Far EasTone trial 5G network slicing use cases through Local Packet Gateway

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Telecommunications company Ericsson and Taiwanese operator Far EasTone have trialled 5G network slicing use cases by deploying Ericsson’s Local Packet Gateway.

Announced at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona this year, the Ericsson Local Packet Gateway leverages edge computing opportunities in virtual and hybrid 5G private networks to deliver efficient use of bandwidth, data security, low latency, and create a better network overall.

It is built on cloud-native, microservices-based technology and delivers a small footprint, edge user plane that brings network user traffic management closer to its source.

This means CSPs and enterprises are better able to keep traffic on, or close to, the premises, according to Ericsson.

The trial involved the completion of the first Local Packet Gateway call at the Far EasTone Telecommunications (FET) 5G lab for commercial introduction.

The FET 5G lab also demoed 5G network slicing using Ericsson dual-mode 5G Core including the dynamic radio resource partitioning (a 5G Radio Access Network (RAN) Slicing solution from Ericsson) to allocate radio spectrum and manage the service-level agreement of the network slices.

“Our demonstration of the world’s first data call using Ericsson Local Packet Gateway shows a clear way towards creating 5G networks and services that meet our customers’ demands for low latency, increased efficiency, security, and flexibility,” said Far EasTone Telecommunications president Chee Ching.

“Ericsson Local Packet Gateway is designed to help CSPs address the edge opportunity in virtual and hybrid 5G private networks segments. The trial will accelerate the realisation of more edge use cases require high data bandwidth and low latency,” said Ericsson Taiwan president David Chou.

“As demand for deployments of this type increase locally, and internationally, we are looking forward to advancing the capabilities we have demonstrated with FET and bringing this technology to enterprises and other users,” concluded Ericsson head of solution area packet core Monica Zethzon.

This first appeared in the subscription newsletter CommsWire on 1 August 2022.

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