Network Slicing in 5G and Beyond and Its Application to Bridge the Digital Divide


This talk presents the current status of 5G network slicing and its capability levels in end-to-end slicing. These levels span RAN, transport and core networks while considering the challenges of configuration, operations and security. The remainder of the talk then describes the significance of network slicing levels for vertical industries, followed by its applicability to rural and remote connectivity. The talk concludes with selected potential business models to justify the deployment of network slicing both in the urban and rural scenarios.

The Speaker

Sudhir Dixit is a Co-Founder, Senior Fellow and Evangelist at the Basic Internet Foundation in Oslo, Norway, and heads its US operations. He is also associated with the Academy of Finland 6G Flagship Program, led by the Centre for Wireless Communications, University of Oulu where he is a docent. From 2015 to 2017 he was the CEO and Co-Founder of a start-up, Skydoot, Inc. From 2009 to 2015, he was a Distinguished Chief Technologist and CTO of the Communications and Media Services for the Americas Region of Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Services in Palo Alto, CA, and the Director of Hewlett-Packard Laboratories India in Palo Alto and Bangalore. Before joining HP, he held various technical and leadership positions at BlackBerry, Nokia, NSN and Verizon Communications. He has been a technical editor of IEEE Communications Magazine, and is presently a Board Member, Working Group Chair and Vice Chair for Americas at the Wireless World Research Forum (WWRF). He was on the editorial board of IEEE Spectrum Magazine and is presently on the editorial board of Springer’s Wireless Personal Communications Journal. He is a Co-Chair of the CTU Working Group of the IEEE Future Network Initiative. Dr. Dixit has published nine books and holds 21 U.S. patents. In 2018, he was appointed a Distinguished Lecturer by the IEEE Communications Society. From 2010 to 2012, he was an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Davis. A Life Fellow of the IEEE, Fellow of IET and IETE, Dixit holds a Ph.D. from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, U.K. and an M.B.A. from the Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Florida.