On the automation of RAN slicing provisioning: solution framework and applicability examples
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European Commission's project5G ESSENCE - Embedded Network Services for 5G Experiences (EC-H2020-761592)
Network slicing is a fundamental feature of 5G systems that allows the partitioning of a single network into a number of segregated logical networks, each optimized for a particular type of service, or dedicated to a particular customer or application. While support for network slicing (e.g. identifiers, functions, signalling) is already defined in the latest 3GPP Release 15 specifications, solutions for efficient automated management of network slicing (e.g. automatic provisioning of slices) are still at a much more incipient stage, especially for what concerns the next-generation Radio Access Network (NG-RAN). In this context, and consistently with the new service-based management architecture defined by 3GPP for 5G systems, this paper presents a functional framework for the management of network slicing in a NG-RAN infrastructure, delineating the interfaces and information models necessary to support the dynamic and automatic deployment of RAN slices. A discussion on the complexity of such automation follows together with an illustrative description of the applicability of the overall framework and information models in the context of a neutral host provider scenario that offers RAN slices to third party service providers.
CitationFerrús, R. [et al.]. On the automation of RAN slicing provisioning: solution framework and applicability examples. "Eurasip journal on wireless communication and networking", 1 Desembre 2019, vol. 2019, núm. 167, p. 1-12.