The digital transformation unlocks tremendous opportunities for global industries while imposing significant challenges at the same time. 5G is considered to be a catalyst forenabling this transformation in an efficient way. In this context
Network slicing is an emerging approach introduced with global 5G standardization to create efficiently customized and thus optimized networks for different application domains. Therefore, awareness of network slicing benefits, business models, value chains, as well as technical options for network slicing realization in different application and networking contexts need to be explored.

The 5G Slicing Association (5GSA) is an industry initiative that aims at leveraging the benefits of network slicing to support efficiently the requirements imposed by the transformation and digitalization of business and society. Its mission is to identify networking requirements from a multitude of vertical business domains and to derive appropriate network slices that can provide value to various industries and society as a whole.

5GSA takes into account the works produced by concurrent initiatives and organizations being active in the context of network slicing, and will act as an interface towards verticals that could potentially benefit from network slicing. In light of this, the Association explores potential 5G network slicing business models and technological implementation options to improve industrial business operations and enable new digital services.