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Radisys, Intel and China Mobile Team Up for 5G Open RAN Architecture

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China Mobile Research Institute to demonstrate 5G NR sub-6 GHz Standalone (SA) mode reference architecture for high-definition video and IoT applications during MWC Shanghai

MWC SHANGHAI Radisys® Corporation, a global leader of open telecom solutions, today announced that it has collaborated with Intel and China Mobile Research Institute (CMRI) to demonstrate a 5G New Radio reference architecture and use cases based on the O-RAN Alliance specification. The solution leverages Radisys’ disaggregated RAN software architecture building blocks for 4G, 5G and IoT and Intel’s FlexRAN Layer 1 based on Intel architecture platforms. By leveraging open RAN architectures in their networks, mobile operators will be able to accelerate their 5G deployments.

News Highlights

  • Mobile operators around the world are seeking to accelerate their 5G network deployments by leveraging disaggregated and open reference architecture solutions that use open components with standard APIs from a multi-vendor ecosystem. The O-RAN Alliance is focused on bringing openness, programmability, self-healing and intelligence to the RAN, and its Work Group 8, co-chaired by China Mobile, AT&T, Radisys and Intel, is defining a 5G NR reference software architecture.
  • Radisys is delivering an integrated 5G solution for a public demonstration of 5G NR sub-6 GHz SA mode that leverages Radisys’ L2/L3 software stack and Intel’s FlexRAN Layer 1 software on an Intel architecture platform.
  • China Mobile will demonstrate the 5G NR Sub-6 GHz SA demo showcasing eMBB and IoT use cases for video streaming and factory floor robot control respectively in Booth N3.E20 at MWC Shanghai, taking place June 26-28.

“China Mobile is the founding member of the O-RAN alliance. The disaggregated and open RAN architecture will help accelerate the time-to-market of new RAN features. The ability of a fast iterative software upgrade will be the key for operators to provide vertical industry customized RAN services with agility and cost effectiveness. We believe the open source strategy is one of the cornerstones to speed up this progress,” said Dr. Chih-Lin I, China Mobile. “We are excited to showcase the demo of the open-source solution of O-RAN to the industry for the first time at the MWC Shanghai.”

“Intel is committed to the RAN market with a broad portfolio of optimized solutions for all nodes in an end-to-end access network,” said Cristina Rodriguez, Intel VP and general manager of Data Center Group, Wireless Access Networking Division. “Intel is collaborating with O-RAN Alliance members to specify hardware and software reference architectures for virtualized RAN with standardized interfaces. This demonstration of wireless protocol stack layers from Intel and Radisys running on Intel Xeon-based general purpose servers is an important step in getting broader acceptance of open RAN architecture, expanding the ecosystem, and ultimately enabling service providers all over the world to speed up RAN deployments.”

“The RAN is the last part of the network to undergo disaggregation, and open ecosystem efforts such as the O-RAN Alliance are key to delivering a unified reference architecture for open RAN deployments,” said Neeraj Patel, vice president and general manager, Software and Services, Radisys. “We’re pleased to team with Intel and China Mobile to showcase the benefits of this SDN-ization of 5G NR access, a critical and hitherto costly piece of the RAN jigsaw, with the use of open software, open APIs, open architecture and standard hardware components enabling seamless interoperability across Radio layers from different RAN vendors paving the way for accelerated innovation. Enabling enterprise use cases and deployment scenarios such as the ones being showcased leveraging the Radisys high performance Radio Stack are really driving this forward-looking architecture that can meet the demands of 5G and IoT.”

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