KT offers network 'slicing' to 5G corporate customers
Mobile carrier KT is ready to commercialize “5G network slicing” for corporate clients after completing tests to verify the technology, the company said Tuesday.
Network slicing refers to dividing one physical network into multiple “slices” that can be allocated to different services.
For example, a company could set up a 5G network to be generally accessed by employees, and have another 5G network with higher security that gives them access to factory data when they’re inside the complex — all using the same physical network.
Or it could have a separate 5G network for sharing high-definition CCTV footage. With the slicing technology, the heavy data load required for transferring videos won’t affect the connection speed or quality of other sliced network, KT said.
In the past, companies installed different networks for different purposes: One bunch of network wires would transmit CCTV videos and another would transfer factory data. 5G will allow all data exchanges to go wireless, and network slicing will enable companies to set different levels of access and security depending on the purpose, and maintain stable quality across the entire network.
Network slicing is only possible on 5G networks thanks to their large bandwidth and low latency.
KT’s corporate clients will be able to use network slicing without installing additional equipment, the company explained.
“This 5G sliced network sets the foundation for us to offer customized services in fields like smart factories, smart city, logistics, public safety and so on,” said Kim Bong-ki, the research head of KT’s platform research. “We plan to continue developing technology to customize network services for various 5G experiences for our corporate clients.”
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