Virtual Radio Access Network VRAN Efforts Accelerate at MWC 18

Cisco joins with Red Hat, Intel and others to advance a new effort that will enable 5G.

 By Sean Michael Kerner | Posted Feb 28, 2018
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In the networking world, software-defined networking (SDN) has been a pervasive mantra for the past few year as a way to help improve network agility. The same basic concept is now coming to mobile networks with the emergence of virtual radio area network (vRAN) technologies.

At the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona this week, Reliance Jio, Altiostar, Aricent, Intel, Mavenir, Phazr, Red Hat, Tech Mahindra and Cisco joined together to help launch the Open vRAN initiative.

The goal of Open vRAN is to have a standards-based architecture for vRAN deployment that enables multi-vendor interoperability and flexibility.

"We believe it is an ideal time to align and collaborate on these issues to deliver innovative solutions ready for commercial deployment," Yvette Kanouff, senior vice president and general manager, Cisco Service Provider Business, stated. “Together with the ecosystem parties, we're making leaps forward in developing a customer-centric ecosystem focused on accelerating innovation and enabling new business models to dramatically lower costs, add capacity and improve network performance."

The items that the Open vRAN effort will be looking at include:
    •    Testing and integration
    •    Solutions validation
    •    Transport evolution
    •    Publishing performance benchmarks
    •    Running Proof of Concepts (POCs)
    •    Coordinating roadmaps for end-to-end solutions
    •    Creating and validating network management templates

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet and Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

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