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Telstra, Ericsson announce suite of upcoming 5G Standalone automated service

The industry-leading capabilities include interworking with fully automated 5G network slicing, delivering network-defined differentiated services to customers; Local Packet Gateway, providing enterprise customers with on-site local data breakout; and 5G enterprise routers with network slicing capabilities delivered by Cradlepoint, a business of Ericsson.

Fully automated 5G network slicing in a commercial network (World first)
In a world first, Telstra and Ericsson have stepped outside the lab to deploy an automated standards-based network slicing service orchestration capability in the commercial network using Ericsson Orchestration and Ericsson Inventory. Together with the 5G RAN and dual-mode 5G Core, these capabilities enable Telstra to provide enterprise customers with new differentiated services that have the potential ability to deliver assured network characteristics such as throughput, latency and resilience required to support digitised operations and processes.

Local Packet Gateway in a commercial network (Australian first)
Telstra has also successfully deployed the Ericsson Local Packet Gateway in Telstra’s commercial 5G network. This Australian first deployment is on display this week at Telstra Vantage via a 5G remote controlled car demonstration that shows how Telstra’s enterprise customers can benefit from 5G bandwidth, low latency and data localisation. In this live demo, the Local Packet Gateway keeps the video feed of the remote driving demo onsite, avoiding looping the video back through the mobilenetwork.

The solution’s data localisation allows customers to take advantage of edge computing in virtual and hybrid 5G private network environments. It delivers efficient use of bandwidth, data security, low latency, and creates a more efficient network overall. The Local Packet Gateway delivers a small footprint, easy-to-deploy edge user plane which brings network user traffic management closer to its source so Telstra’s enterprise customers are able to keep traffic on, or close to, their premises.

Network slicing capabilities
To pull together all of these 5G network capabilities and make them available to the enterprise, Cradlepoint has delivered its 5G enabled routers and adaptors (e.g E3000 branch router, R1900 vehicle router, W2005 outdoor adaptor, W1850 indoor adaptor) powered by Cradlepoint Netcloud.

Shailin Sehgal, Executive, Product Enablement Technology, Telstra said: “In the past it took a long time to deploy and scale new service constructs in our network. Now, with 5G’s service-based architecture combined with automation via network orchestration, we are able to work with our customers to imagine and deploy new differentiated services quickly and scale them economically. We have been working with Ericsson to bring these new innovations to our enterprise customers for several years and these latest World and Australian first capabilities are another example of this collaboration.”

Emilio Romeo, Head of Ericsson, Australia and New Zealand, says: “Ericsson has developed its Orchestration and Local Packet Gateway solutions to help forward looking customers such as Telstra deliver sought-after enterprise services via automated network slicing and edge use cases. With many decades of close strategic partnership between Ericsson and Telstra, we are proud to have helped deliver these capabilities into Telstra’s commercial 5G network to achieve leading 5G service creation capabilities.”

The Ericsson Local Packet Gateway deployment is on show at Telstra Vantage at the Ericsson Stand from 31 August to 1 September 2022, at Randwick Racecourse in Sydney.

Ericsson and Telstra will both participate in a live panel discussion on “Achieving end-to-end network slicing to unlock 5G opportunities” on-stage at Digital Transformation World in Copenhagen on September 21st. The companies have also been selected as finalists in the Autonomous Operations category of the TM Forum 2022 Excellence Awards, the winner of which will be announced at the event.

CT Bureau

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