Virtual RAN/Open RAN is here - add smart brains to master your 5G Networks
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RAN is representing 70% of the network CAPEX of Communication Service Providers (CSPs). As a result, the RAN architecture has strongly evolved to maximize the flexibility of deployments while reducing the network access TCO (CAPEX + OPEX) drastically for operators.
The first major step was to split Radio functions from the Base Band Unit (BBU) and connect them through fiber to provide better flexibility. Then came the virtualization of RAN functions, which consisted of disaggregating hardware from software in building vRAN solutions. And now comes the next step, the Open RAN which relies on and achieves full interoperability between multiple radio units (RU) and BBU through 3GPP-defined interfaces.
This webinar presents and analyzes the main vRAN/O-RAN architectures. Our speakers Arnab Das and Shamik Mishra analyze the deployment challenges related to multi vendor (Disaggregated RAN) interoperability and testing. Finally, they explore the new network management requirements and the different associated Smart RAN solutions based on AI/ML and new xApps/RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC).
Learn more about:
Current vRAN/O-RAN initiatives, solutions and architecture
Experiences from multivendor deployments
Assessment of potential benefits of AI/ML applications for Smart RAN management
VP, Global Service Line Advanced Networking & IoT
VP, Research & Innovation, Global Chief Architect – Communications