For the first time in Canada, Rogers Communications, in partnership with Ericsson, has tested 5G network slicing technology in Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver, on the company’s national standalone 5G core network.
“As the only carrier that owns a truly national radio access network, we have an unmatched advantage with network slicing to offer customers consistency and reliability for mission critical applications from coast to coast,” said Ron McKenzie, Chief Technology and Information Officer, Rogers. “Network slicing will advance services for public safety, residential and business sectors, further improving our daily lives by providing even more focused and reliable support for essential applications.”
The 5G network slicing initiative is part of an extended multi-year partnership between Rogers and Ericsson, with Ericsson continuing to provide industry-leading 5G solutions to Rogers.
Network slicing is a revolutionary 5G technology which transforms network operations by transitioning from a single lane to multiple lanes for wireless traffic. Each distinct slice or 'lane' of the network enhances performance for specific 5G applications by providing tailored features, such as low latency, high precision location, high speed, or high capacity.
Rogers plans to deploy network slicing this year, introducing a dedicated lane to prioritize first responders on the network. Additionally, the technology will be used to segregate fixed and mobile traffic on the national 5G network, accelerating the expansion of 5G wireless home internet to more remote communities across Canada. This strategic implementation aims to proactively optimize and dedicate traffic flows, ensuring a more consistent and reliable service for both residential and mobile users.