vRAN a Hot Topic at MWC18

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1Q 2018 | IN-5064

 

Virtualization Virtually Everywhere

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Virtualized radio access network (vRAN) technology was a hot topic at the 2018 Mobile World Congress (MWC). Seemingly every equipment vendor, mobile network operator (MNO), and chip supplier had something to say about virtualization and vRAN. There are even competing or overlapping initiatives from industry associations, as many attempt to reap the benefits of vRAN.

vRAN promises an MNO reductions in CAPEX and OPEX, along with scalability in the RAN, allowing the MNO to scale network resources up or down according to traffic demand. Having a vRAN means that an MNO no longer has to over-provision the RAN by designing for peak demand. The RAN is run in software by using network functions virtualization (NFV) to replicate the baseband functionality of the basestation in a telco data center running commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) server hardware.

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