DEWA to exploit 5G slicing for utility services

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Dubai Electricity and Water Authority’s digital arm Digital DEWA is developing industrial 5G slicing applications for the region.

The initiative in which Digital DEWA is partnering with Emirates telecom company du (formerly Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company) has implemented the region’s first industrial private 5G slicing through 5G stand-alone technology.

Through the collaboration, Digital DEWA’s InfraX subsidiary responsible for ICT services will offer the utility industry private 5G slicing driven via edge computing.

du is to build DEWA’s new mobile core edge infrastructure through a Network Function Virtualisation (NFV) infrastructure solution, which provides separation and independent scaling of control and user planes.

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The two parties also have agreed to build new use cases in order to utilise the mobile edge computing capability in order to improve operations, secure the networks and accelerate digital transformation.

“Our collaboration with du reflects of our efforts to bring the latest and most advanced solutions that will drive the country’s digital transformation,” says HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA.

“The implementation of 5G slicing through 5G stand-alone is a game-changer to the efficiency of the utility industry and others, as it enables business model innovation and provides businesses with the flexibility to offer services faster with higher security.”

The industrial 5G slicing solution is expected to impact several sectors beyond utilities, including industry, healthcare, transportation, airports and ports among others.

Fahad Al Hassawi, Chief Executive Officer of EITC, adds that the services are aligned with the vision and directives of the wise leadership.

“As such, we are delighted to announce our cooperation with Digital DEWA on this project and drive further innovative action concerning the 5G SA agenda.”

Slicing is a network configuration that allows multiple networks to be created on top of a common physical infrastructure.