The group, in conjunction with CableLabs, has developed a vRAN reference design that will enable cable companies to launch 4G, and ultimately 5G.
Both groups say they have created end-to-end offerings that will compete with traditional, hardware-centric RAN vendors.
The Open vRAN Alliance assembled products from different vendors to create an open vRAN system that can take the place of single-vendor RAN solution.
There is a lot of work required to virtualize the RAN and standards groups like the xRAN/O-RAN Alliance and the 3GPP can’t do it all, says Cisco.
The program is intended to bring together open source products that can quickly be deployed by service providers.
AT&T’s Andre Fuetsch will head the group’s board, which is made up of delegates from 12 operators.
5G technologies are great, says Opanga's CEO. But why aren't network operators doing more to manage traffic by leveraging the vEPC?
The operator is growing its open source clout prior to its merger with T-Mobile.
The South Korean company provided the LTE core and RAN gear for the Indian operator’s greenfield network. The scale of the network is bigger than AT&T and Verizon’s networks combined.
Groups like the ORAN Forum, Cisco’s Open vRAN initiative, and TIP’s OpenRAN Group are all working to virtualize the RAN. The Linux Foundation has kept its distance, so far.
These three initiatives are all focused on virtualizing the RAN, and some of the same companies belong to all three groups. But why are there three?
Operators want to be able to use different radio heads from different vendors and have them interoperate with existing baseband units. This spec will make that possible.
It all started with C3PO and separating the control and user plane.
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