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Samsung, Orange to collaborate in the latter’s O-RAN facility in France

Korean company Samsung Electronics announced it will be one of the first vendors to participate in the opening of Orange’s Open RAN Integration Center in Paris, France. As part of the agreement, the two companies will collaborate to disaggregate the hardware and software elements of...

AT&T expands 5G network, builds out C-band with help from Ericsson

Ericsson will support the deployment of AT&T’s recently acquired C-band spectrum and the launch of 5G Standalone (SA) in a newly disclosed five-year agreement. The partnership will reportedly help the carrier provide 5G to more users and for use cases in sports and venues,...

Samsung will deploy 5G vRAN in KDDI’s mid-band network

Among other capabilities, virtualized networks will enable 5G network slicing Samsung is deploying its cloud-native, fully virtualized Radio Access Network (vRAN) solutions for mid-band spectrum in KDDI’s 5G network, following the successful completion of a 5G Standalone (SA) call using Samsung’s vRAN and another vendor’s...

What is vRAN (virtualized RAN)?

A Virtualized Radio Access Network (vRAN) is an agile approach to RAN deployment and management that offers carriers the promise of improved operational efficiency and better flexibility to meet the myriad demands of 5G enterprise customers. vRAN and OpenRAN are often discussed in the...

How to secure cloud-native 5G virtual and Open RAN infrastructure (Analyst Angle)

Ever since the cloud-native virtual RAN (vRAN) and Open RAN architectures have started gaining popularity, one key question both proponents and adversaries have been asking is “What about security?” Considering the massive number of services and critical applications that 5G will connect, security risks...

Verizon and Samsung complete fully virtualized 5G data session on C Band spectrum

Verizon added an average of 161 MHz of C Band spectrum nationwide to its portfolio, more than doubling its existing mid-band spectrum Using its recently acquired C Band spectrum, Verizon teamed up with Samsung Electronics on an end-to-end fully virtualized 5G data session in a...

Mavenir deploys Open vRAN at Deutsche Telekom’s O-RAN Town

Deutsche Telekom launched O-RAN Town in the city of Neubrandenburg this past June Mavenir has deployed Open vRAN, integrated with massive MIMO (mMIMO) Active Antenna Units (AAU), as part of Deutsche Telekom’s, “O-RAN Town” in Germany to deliver a 5G Non-Standalone Architecture (NSA) service. The...

Samsung scores first big 5G break in Europe with Vodafone partnership

Samsung will provide 5G equipment for 2,500 rural sites in the south-west of England and Wales Samsung has made significant headway in the European telecommunications market with its new Vodafone partnership, its first large-scale deal with a European operator. The British carrier selected the vendor...

VMware paves the way for virtualized RAN with new platform

VMware has announced the launch of its VMware Telco Cloud Platform RAN, a platform that enables Communication service providers (CSPs) to virtualize radio access network (RAN) functions and implement an open RAN architecture. “A modern, open, and disaggregated RAN offers CSPs the single best opportunity...

Well, technically… 5G has to be agile, secure, affordable and resilient: Rakuten Mobile’s Azita Arvani (Ep. 36)

Rakuten Mobile Americas' General Manager Azita Arvani addresses the company's decision to sell its end-to-end, cloud-native and fully virtualized mobile network architecture as a solution to other operators, as opposed to keeping it all to itself. 

Verizon completes end-to-end fully virtualized 5G data session

The fully virtualized 5G data session was completed with support from Samsung, Intel and Wind River Verizon is laying claim to the completion of the world’s first end-to-end — meaning from the core of the network to the far edge of the network — fully...

Samsung’s 5G vRAN adoption could be a key turning point for the industry

The virtualization of cellular networks has been ongoing for some time. But virtualizing the Radio Access Network (RAN) has always been an enigma and was the final frontier for the trend. The rising star of 5G infrastructure business—Samsung—jumped on to the virtualized RAN (vRAN)...

Nokia, KDDI trial fully virtualized 5G cloud RAN

KDDI launched commercial 5G in March Finnish vendor Nokia announced that it is working with Japanese mobile operator, KDDI, in a joint initiative aimed at delivering a fully cloudified RAN solution. The planned lab-based Proof of Concept (PoC), which will use Nokia’s AirScale All-in-Cloud BTS solution, will...

Bharti Airtel deploys Altiostar’s Open vRAN solution

Bharti Airtel is a member of the O-RAN Alliance and TIP Bharti Airtel has deployed Altiostar’s open virtual radio access network (vRAN) solution across multiple major cities in India, making it the first Indian operator to deploy vRAN-based 4G network. Bharti Airtel plans to develop...

VMware, Deutsche Telekom collaborate on virtual RAN Platform

Virtual RAN solutions are critical in a 5G world, says VMware VMware, Inc. and Deutsche Telekom are collaborating on an open and intelligent virtual RAN (vRAN) platform. The platform, based on O-RAN standards and Intel’s FlexRAN architecture, will improve RAN agility for both existing LTE...

Carriers, vendors ramp up open RAN collaboration

Virtualized, open RAN meant to take cost out of network deployments Focused on the goal of delivering fully disaggregated, multi-vendor radio access network sites, the Open Test and Integration Center will serve as a sandbox for vendors and carriers to explore interoperability and validation of...

Intel provides technologies for Rakuten’s cloud-native network in Japan

  Rakuten’s network uses Intel Xeon processors and Intel FPGAs for acceleration Intel has confirmed that it will provide technology to Japanese e-commerce and internet services provider Rakuten for a new cloud-native network. Intel said in a statement that the new network will be fully virtualized from...

Altiostar: Lighting up innovation in the RAN space (sponsored content)

Altiostar to showcase its vRAN solution at Mobile World Congress, 2016 in Barcelona Tewksbury, Massachusetts, US – February 18, 2015 – Altiostar announces its participation and demonstration of its industry leading carrier-grade Ethernet-based virtualized RAN (vRAN) solution that implements LTE-Advanced features and brings intelligence to...

ASOCS: Sketching the path toward RAN virtualization (sponsored content)

At the RAN USA conference in San Francisco at the end of January, Chih-Lin I from China Mobile reminded us ETSI its Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) framework span the entire network, from the core to the RAN. The RAN is an essential part of...

Reader Forum: Virtualized RAN – bridging the network architectures of today and tomorrow

Editor’s Note: In an attempt to broaden our interaction with our readers we have created this Reader Forum for those with something meaningful to say to the wireless industry. We want to keep this as open as possible, but we maintain some editorial control...

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