Etisalat enhances 5G network slicing options with new deal

Etisalat enhances 5G network slicing options with new deal

Etisalat, one of the leading telecommunications operators in emerging markets, has selected Domain Orchestration solutions from Netcracker Technology – a subsidiary of NEC Corporation that offers digital transformation solutions – to complement its strategy of bringing new and innovative 5G services to market.

This includes automation of 5G slicing within a multivendor, cloud-native 5G core environment and across the entire network. These functions can also be extended to the network edge to enable new high-value 5G services and applications that require multi-access edge computing (MEC) to meet Etisalat’s quality of experience needs.

Netcracker Core Domain Orchestration, based on the cloud-native Netcracker Digital OSS portfolio, combines service orchestration and VNF/CNF orchestration with critical real-time OSS functions, including active inventory and configuration management as well as artificial intelligence/machine learning-driven analytics.

The solution orchestrates multi-vendor 5G core and incorporates new 3GPP slice management functions, including Customer Service Management Function, Network Service Management Function and Network Slice Subnet Management Function. Additionally, Netcracker Edge Domain Orchestration comprises the same components for the edge domain with the addition of MEC application orchestration and management.

With the adoption of the Netcracker Domain Orchestration platforms, the company says that Etisalat will be able to strengthen its business offerings with dynamic activation and life cycle management of end-to-end slices within and across domains.

In addition, Etisalat will provide its enterprise customers with a radically new digital experience, enabling them to select 5G slice services, manage associated attributes and fully automate slice service deployment including service design, provisioning and full lifecycle management.

Through this collaboration, Etisalat has incorporated Netcracker Advanced Analytics and can provide artificial intelligence/machine learning-driven capacity management and predictive assurance to fully optimize service delivery of new 5G offerings.

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