Interview with 5G Radar
Discover how the UK is showcasing the benefits of 5G via its 5G-Encode project
Q: How might service providers use this technology?
The different domains that we are talking about here because we are focusing on the private sector, is combing the domains of the private network with the public network. So you have basically Telefonica UK, for example, slicing their own network, and delivering a pipe of connectivity across their network. And then you have enterprises who can slice the network within their LAN environment, and you want those two slices to be joined together, so you can have the continuity of service from a private network to a public one.
Q: Can you talk a little more about splicing?
This is a fundamental way of thinking about orchestrating services across networks. And you can have different administrators; you don’t have a single operator administering the private and the public network. You can have different responsibilities for the private network from the enterprise, and the public network from the operator. We’ve proposed this new approach, which splices the network slices, creating their own unique environment.
Q: Why is 5G diversification important?
We participate in a lot of standardisation activities and forums, where people are developing technologies, including for Chinese companies as well. And those are common problems which we’re addressing as global, international companies. So our solutions are not dedicated or tailored to a particular market, they’re more generic in the way we try to address global problems. Basically, we need to have diversification in the supply chain because that stimulates innovation and stimulates progress. That’s the bottom line.
5G-Encode is partially funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport of the UK Government, as part of its 5G Testbeds and Trials Programme, and is run by a consortium of nine partners: Zeetta Networks, National Composites Centre, Mativision, Plataine, Solvay, Toshiba, Telefonica, Siemens and the University of Bristol’s Smart Internet Lab.