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Assuring network slices: an assessment of key automated assurance capabilities

20 January 2021 | Research

Anil Rao

Strategy report | PPTX and PDF (6 slides) | Automated Assurance

"CSPs will need new slice monitoring and assurance capabilities to guarantee the quality of service and SLAs."


The 5G network is expected to become the ‘services creation platform’ for next-generation communications, enabling the creation of separate network partitions (or ‘slices’) with unique network performance and latency characteristics. This report provides a framework for communications service providers (CSPs) to understand the implications of the challenges associated with network slicing.

This report provides:

  • an explanation of the new demands on assurance in the context of network slicing
  • a discussion of the underlying technology enablers for network slicing and why it creates new assurance challenges
  • a high-level slice assurance framework
  • recommendations regarding the key capabilities of a slice assurance solution.


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