Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) has extended its Cloud RAN (Radio Access Network) offering to include support for 5G mid-band and Massive MIMO deployments. With mid-band spectrum, communications service providers can capitalize on their 5G spectrum assets to deploy services quickly and efficiently, while providing a more responsive experience for mobile broadband users.
These latest enhancements to Ericsson’s portfolio have been developed in close collaboration with customers such as Verizon. They will allow service providers to seamlessly move to cloud-native technologies and open network architectures and meet the demand for greater deployment flexibility. Service providers will also be able to extend the reach of Ericsson Cloud RAN with seven million 5G-capable Ericsson Radio System radios already in the field around the world.
Since the introduction of Ericsson Cloud RAN at the end of last year, Ericsson has the ability to introduce a virtualized RAN solution in all deployment scenarios, including existing footprints – also known as “deployments”. bluefield â. Bluefield deployments allow service providers to deploy Cloud RAN in their networks and capitalize on the full interworking between the two network architectures. This is driven by Ericsson Cloud Link, which enables value-added network technologies such as Ericsson Spectrum Sharing, Uplink Booster and Carrier Aggregation to work across all platforms.
Fredrik Jejdling, Executive Vice President and Head of Business Line Networks, Ericsson, says: âWe aim to constantly develop the best technologies by working closely with our customers. We continue to invest in technology to stay ahead of the curve and deliver a high performing and profitable portfolio, as evidenced by our latest releases. Now, we bring that high performance to Cloud RAN with the vision that our customers can deploy cloud native networks, virtually anywhere, on any cloud and server platform. â
Joe Madden, Chief Analyst, Mobile Experts, says, âWhat Ericsson is doing goes beyond stacking new technology on top of existing radio access. Instead, Ericsson offers innovative possibilities for performance gains by combining the Cloud RAN midband with seven million Ericsson Radio System radios in the field. The coordinated use of virtualized RAN and pre-integrated radios implies optimization and interoperability between generations, which should reduce the overall lifecycle cost for operators.
Boost Cloud RAN performance with Intel
A high-performance midrange 5G deployment requires 150 times more computing power than 4G, in half the time. With the addition of hardware accelerators to provide some of this necessary computing power, cloud infrastructure becomes a feasible option for mid-band deployments. To meet the high performance standards of 5G and beyond, Ericsson and Intel are pioneering the Cloud RAN space together.
Ericsson Cloud RAN creates more options for communication service providers and provides a truly cloud-independent platform, supported by its long-term strategic partner, Intel. The portfolio will leverage Intel’s compute – across multiple generations of Intel Xeon Scalable processor and accelerator technology products, to enable high-density capacity solutions. This allows both companies to deliver the kind of performance seen in the world’s most demanding RAN environments.
Navin Shenoy, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Data Platforms Group, Intel, said, âIntel technologies such as Xeon processors have fueled massive cloud growth and now play a central role in vRAN dynamics. Our long-standing partnership with Ericsson is entering an exciting new phase with the common goal of unleashing richer user experiences with 5G. “
Collaborate with open innovation ecosystems
The emergence of virtualized and distributed computing architectures, along with the disaggregation of hardware and software, have enhanced the value of open innovation ecosystems. Ericsson Cloud RAN is designed to be cloud independent with additional cloud integration services to facilitate integration with the service provider‘s cloud infrastructure of choice.
To deliver this value and build on the foundation laid with Intel, Ericsson is also working with ecosystem partners, including leading IT infrastructure providers such as Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE). This collaboration brings additional flexibility to Cloud RAN deployments, as Ericsson customers will now also have the option to select HPE Workload Optimized Edge Compute based on HPE ProLiant servers and any cloud platform to deploy. their Cloud RAN networks.
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