Singtel, together with Ericsson and Samsung, announced a live implementation of app-based network slicing. With this technology, app owners will be able to activate a dedicated, customised slice of Singtel’s 5G network to boost the performance of their apps and enhance user experience. Previous network slicing technologies were only able to provide a differentiated network experience to subscriber lines, but not selected apps. The implementation, using User Equipment Route Selection Policy (URSP) with Application Detection Control (ADC), was tested using Singtel’s CAST streaming application during the recent Australian Open.

The operator said it could potentially offer apps, including CAST, with boosted performance in the future. URSP runs on Ericsson’s dual-mode 5G Core and channels data traffic through a dedicated, optimal path between smart devices and Singtel’s 5G network. 

Samsung is one of the first device manufacturers to have configured URSP for its Galaxy S24 Ultra and plans to extend the rollout for its other devices. Samsung will continue collaborating with Singtel to optimise user equipment behaviours for efficient network resource utilisation across different network slices.

Singtel Singapore managing director, networks, Tay Yeow Lian said sooner device manufacturers activate this, the sooner app owners can deliver more enriching experiences to their customers.

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