Ericsson recently announced it has extended its Cloud RAN (Radio Access Network) so it now supports 5G mid-ban and Massive MIMO deployments. The mid-band spectrum will allow communications service providers to capitalize on their 5G spectral assets to deploy services quickly and efficiently. They will also be able to deliver a more responsive experience to mobile broadband users.
The company’s recent portfolio boost was developed alongside customers such as Verizon. They will enable service providers to evolve towards cloud-native technologies and open network architectures as well as meet demand for more deployment flexibility. Additionally, service providers will have the ability to extend Ericsson Cloud RAN reach with seven million 5G-ready Ericsson Radio System radios already in the field globally.
Since Ericsson Cloud RAN was introduced at the end of 2020, the company can introduce a virtualized dRAN solution across all deployment scenarios including existing footprints. Also known as “bluefield deployments”, they enable service providers to deploy Cloud RAN into their networks and leverage on the complete interworking between the two network architectures. Ericsson Cloud Link, which enables value-add network technologies like Ericsson Spectrum Sharing, Uplink Booster and Carrier Aggregation to operate across platforms, made this possible.
“We aim to constantly develop the best technologies by working closely with our customers,” Fredrik Jejdling, Executive Vice President and Head of Business Area Networks, Ericsson said in a statement. “We continue investing in technology to stay ahead and deliver a high-performing and cost-effective portfolio, as evidenced by our latest releases. Now we are bringing this high performance to Cloud RAN with the vision that our customers can deploy cloud-native networks, virtually everywhere, on any cloud, and server platform.”
“What Ericsson is doing goes beyond stacking new technologies above existing radio access,” Joe Madden, Chief Analyst, Mobile Experts said. “Instead, Ericsson raises innovative possibilities for performance gains by combining Cloud RAN mid-band with seven million Ericsson Radio System radios in the field. The coordinated use of virtualized RAN and pre-integrated radios involves optimization and interoperability between generations, which should reduce overall lifetime cost for operators.”
Ericsson boosts Cloud RAN performance with Intel
A high-performing mid-band 5G deployment needs 150 times more computer power than 5G—in half the time. In order to meet 5G’s high performance standards, Ericsson is working with Intel to navigate the Cloud RAN space. Ericsson Cloud RAN created a number of options for communications service providers and offers a truly cloud agnostic platform, with support from Intel.
Ericsson’s portfolio leverages Intel’s compute – across multiple product generations of Intel Xeon Scalable processors and accelerator technology, to enable high-density capacity solutions. Together, the companies can deliver the type of performance seen in the most demanding RAN environments in the world.
“Intel’s technologies such as Xeon processors have fueled the massive growth of the cloud and are now playing a pivotal role in vRAN momentum,” Navin Shenoy, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Data Platforms Group, Intel, said in a statement. “Our long-standing partnership with Ericsson is entering an exciting new phase with the shared goal of unleashing richer user experiences with 5G.”
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