Ericsson and Intel launch global Cloud RAN Tech Hub

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Two of the most forward-thinking companies in global ICT. Ericsson and Intel are combining their R&D resources to develop high-performance Cloud RAN solutions. The firms have established a technology hub in California, USA. It focuses on the advantages that Ericsson Cloud RAN and Intel technology can provide in terms of improving energy efficiency and network performance, shortening time to market, and monetizing new business opportunities such as enterprise applications.

The Ericsson-Intel Tech Hub is already operational and is located in Ericsson’s D-15 facility in Santa Clara. The current focus includes power management and performance activities planned for this year, as well as collaborative work on Cloud, RAN containerized network function applications on future generations of processing platforms.

“Cloud RAN technologies and virtualization have enormous potential to impact networks of the future. Through the Tech Hub, we will accelerate Cloud RAN technology in areas like energy efficiency and performance, while reducing time to market,”

Per Narvinger, Head of Product Area Networks, Ericsson.

The Tech Hub is the most recent addition to Ericsson’s Cloud-RAN initiatives and portfolio. The company launched its Cloud RAN offering in October 2020 and established the Ericsson Open Lab in March 2021, with the goal of driving virtualized 5G RAN technologies with Ericsson Cloud RAN customers and ecosystem partners.

“The transformation to fully virtualized, cloud-native-based networks brings tremendous innovation and agility, and is now extending to the RAN. The Tech Hub will provide a venue for Ericsson and Intel to extend our collaboration and showcase how a virtualized RAN can deliver greater levels of automation, agility and sustainability,”

Dan Rodriguez, Corporate Vice President and General Manager, Network Platforms Group at Intel.

While planning for future network topologies and ideologies, Ericsson already provides service providers with the most robust and high-performing 5G RAN solutions. For more than a decade, Intel has been assisting the industry in the transformation of communications networks, and it currently offers an extensive portfolio of processing, acceleration, and software solutions, including Intel Xeon processors.

The Tech Hub will supplement both companies’ existing R&D efforts with multi-year product design efforts, allowing communications service providers to better plan their future roadmaps and offerings.

The latest collaboration between Ericsson and Intel was unveiled at the Big 5G Event in Austin, Texas.

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