Network slicing refers to the ability to break a physical network down into multiple virtual networks to serve the unique needs of the network users. Each network slice is customizable and functions independently to deliver deterministic network traffic with individual traffic characteristics. Network slicing is useful because users need networks for different purposes, which can be best-served by individualized network capabilities. For instance, some users may benefit from the highest speeds, while others need the lowest latency. Slicing makes it very easy to allocate parts of the network to different use cases, which enables users to create an ecosystem of devices on their network that can operate within their ideal network environments.
Another benefit of networking slicing is that individual slices can be modified without changing the entire network. This allows users to save time and money while giving them the flexibility to improve their network slice by slice.