Ericsson and Far EasTone pave the way for new 5G network slicing use cases via Local Packet Gateway

Announced at MWC Barcelona this year, the Ericsson Local Packet Gateway is designed to enable Communications Service Providers (CSPs) to take advantage of the edge computing opportunity in the 5G virtual private and hybrid network segments. to provide efficient bandwidth utilization, data security, low latency, and create an overall more efficient network. It is built on cloud-native, microservices-based technology and offers a small-footprint, easy-to-deploy edge user plane that brings network user traffic management closer to its source, meaning CSPs and enterprises are better able to maintain or close traffic. to the premises.

The demonstration involved the completion of the world’s first local packet gateway call, which took place at Far EastTone Telecommunications’ (FET) 5G lab for commercial introduction. It was also the first to successfully demonstrate 5G network slicing using Ericsson’s dual-mode 5G core, including local packet gateway and dynamic radio resource partitioning (a network slicing solution from Ericsson’s 5G Radio Access (RAN)) to efficiently allocate radio spectrum and manage network slice service level agreement.

Chee Ching, President of Far EasTone Telecommunications, said, “As a leading communications service provider, Far EasTone Telecom is actively seeking, through substantial R&D investment, to develop the most innovative technologies with which to serve the our customers better. Our demonstration of the world’s first data call using Ericsson Local Packet Gateway shows a clear path to building 5G networks and services that meet our customers’ demands for low latency, increased efficiency, security and flexibility. . With Ericsson’s continued support, we will work with our customers to explore the full potential of this innovative and valuable new solution.

David Chou, President of Ericsson Taiwan, said, “With FET’s high-performance 5G network underpinning the digitalization of industries, 5G capability has opened up a wide range of possibilities in edge use cases. Ericsson Local Packet Gateway is designed to help CSPs seize edge opportunities in the 5G virtual private and hybrid network segments. The trial will accelerate the realization of more edge use cases requiring high data bandwidth and low latency.

Monica Zethzon, Head of Solution Area Packet Core at Ericsson, said, “Ericsson developed its Local Packet Gateway solution to help CSPs support the most in-demand use cases at the enterprise edge through network slicing and low latency. With over two decades of close strategic partnership behind us, we are proud to have achieved the first successful customer demonstration of this technology on a global scale with FET. As the demand for such deployments increases locally and internationally, we look forward to advancing the capabilities we have demonstrated with FET and bringing this technology to enterprises and other users.

The demonstration is the latest in a series of breakthroughs in 5G network slicing that Ericsson has announced with CSP and its device manufacturing partners. In February, for example, Ericsson and FET released a full case study of their success showing the world’s first 5G end-to-end (E2E) multiple network slicing on multiple commercial Android devices. The trial allowed each application to have its own communication channel with the promised speed, latency and reliability, all on one device and one network.

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