FlexRAN, Cloud RAN and vRAN: Virtualizing the 5G Mobile Base Station

5G RAN Evolution: From Cloud RAN, FlexRAN to virtual RAN

Rising network operation costs from increased high-speed data demand continues to be a business issue for mobile operators at the same time that average revenue per user (ARPU) is flat or declining. In order to meet the demand for high-speed data without losing money, operators are looking for a more cost-effective way to provide data service. Network functions virtualization (NFV) is a fast-growing framework that is facilitating the move of all fixed and radio access networks (RAN) functions from proprietary, stand-alone, vendor-locked appliances to virtualized applications running on high volume servers and switches. This includes real-time, latency-sensitive signal and data processing. In practice, most carriers are concentrating their CAPEX spending on the RAN – specifically on the mobile base station move to support low-latency data processing demands of cloud-based radio access network (RAN) and 5G.

Utilizing COTS x86 Server Appliance to easily deploy

FlexRAN is based on Intel Xeon or FPGA virtualization RAN architecture, to realize MEC (Multi-Access Edge Computing) and network slicing technologies to easily realize scalable flexibility. Fulfill multiple scenario 5G applications like vRAN, MEC, to provide high through and low-latency 5G wireless connectivity.

Advantage of FlexRAN or Cloud RAN

  • Lower total cost of ownership
  • Break away from vendor lock
  • Enables mobile edge computing at the metro and network edge
  • Future-proofing RAN investment, 5G-ready platform
  • Perfect for in-building and metro deployments

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