What is the benefit of Slicing in 5G?

  • Thursday, 15 June, 11:00-12:30, Room Theatre Big Stage


Motivation and Background

The Slicing Concept is one of the most discussed topics in the content of 5G, as mentioned for the first time in the NGMN 5G White Paper. All Standardization Organizations, Fora and Group of Interests discuss about this topic with different and sometimes controversial points of view, depending on the various interests and benefits for each sector. However, Network Operators, Vendors, Service Providers or Representatives of the Vertical Industry like Automotive and Health, all share the common perspective that the Slicing Concept is one of the most promising game changers in the 5G era as it will generate a wide range of opportunities and new business models. In fact, the flexibility behind the slice concept is a key enabler to both expand existing businesses and create new businesses. In light of the rapidly growing recognition of the importance of slicing as a fundamental architecture requirement, major European and worldwide players have been working in numerous slicing technologies and trials. Despite these significant efforts, there are still a number of gaps that need to be filled to fully realise the envisioned benefits of 5G slices. Against the background the panel will discuss the different points of view, opportunities and challenges.



  1. What is new on the slicing idea?
  2. How is the slicing concept influencing the 5G architecture?
  3. What are the challenges regarding services deliveries from an E2E point of view?
  4. Which Domains will be part of a slice?
  5. What are the business opportunities for Operators, Service providers and Verticals?



The panel is composed of (see CVs below):

  • Chair: Klaus Martiny (Senior Program Manager, Deutsche Telekom , Germany)
  • Xueli An (Principle Researcher, Huawei, Germany)
  • Markus Mueck (Senior Standards Manager, Intel, Germany)
  • Hannu Flinck (Research Manager, Nokia Bell Labs, Finland)
  • Cipriano Lomba (Technology & Innovation Coordinator, EFACEC, Portugal)


Presentations available!



Klaus Martiny is Vice Chair of the NOC in ETSI ISG NFV since 2014. Project Lead of the NWMO (MANO Requirements for 5G)p roject in NGMN. Focus on the definition of MANO requirements in the 5G Project. Project Leads of the NGCOR I and II in NGMN (Definition of Operations Requirements for Converged networks) Coordinator of the new Industry Initiative Zero Touch NSM Senior Program Manager at Deutsche Telekom since 2010 VP Vice President Continuous Improvement for Operations of T-Mobile InternationalHead of Operations (SVP) in E-PLUS.




Xueli An received her Master and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), The Netherlands, in 2005 and 2010, respectively. During her PhD, she received two times best paper awards from IEEE ICN 2007 and IEEE PIMRC 2009. She began her career from Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent, in 2010, where she worked on virtualization of Telco-grade network services. In 2012, she joined DoCoMo Euro-Labs and worked on EPC virtualization. From 2015 till now, she works as Principle Researcher for Huawei Technologies and leads network slicing related research. She also actively involves in network slicing related standardization activities as well as industry cooperation and promotion. She has 48 international journal/conference publications and 18 patent applications.



Markus Mueck oversees Intel’s technology development, standardization and partnerships in the field of spectrum sharing. In this capacity, he has contributed to standardization and regulatory efforts on various topics including spectrum sharing within numerous industry standards/regulation bodies, including ETSI, 3GPP, IEEE, the Wireless Innovation Forum and CEPT. Dr. Mueck is an adjunct professor of engineering at University of Technology, Sydney, Australia and Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, he acts as ETSI Board Member supported by INTEL and as general Chairman of ETSI RRS Technical Body (Software Radio and Cognitive Radio Standardization). He has earned engineering degrees from the University of Stuttgart, Germany and the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications (ENST) in Paris, France, as well as a doctorate degree of ENST in Communications.

Hannu Flinck is a Research Manager in Architecture and Systems Research group at Nokia Bell Labs Espoo, Finland. He received his M.Sc. degree (1986) and Lic.Tech. degree (1993) in Computer Science and Communication Systems from Aalto University). His research areas have been covering routing and Internet protocols for mobile networks, content delivery, cloud computing and software defined networking. His current research topics include mobile edge computing, network function virtualization, SDN and network slicing particularly in the context of 5G networks on which he has publications in ICC’17 and also one in EuCNC 17. He is active participant to the IRTF/IETF where he has contributed to RFCs and internet drafts.




Cipriano Lomba is Technology & Innovation Coordinator at Efacec, Portugal. He has been Managing Director of Telecommunications and Signaling Business Division at Efacec, after being R&D Director of the same Business. He received his PhD in Electrical Engineering (1997), from University of Aveiro, Portugal, and his MSc degree (1991) from University of Wales, United Kingdom. He is author or co-author of about one dozen research papers. His main areas of interest are related with the use of ICT technologies to improve operational performance management of critical infrastructures, namely in energy, environment and mobility systems.