Alcatel-Lucent collaborates with industry on virtualised RAN technology

French vendor Alcatel-Lucent has joined forces with Red Hat, Advantech and 6WIND to accelerate the delivery of commercial virtualised radio access network (vRAN) products.

The collaboration is expected to boost Alcatel-Lucent’s vRAN technology in a bid to meet mobile operator’s demands for performance, scalability and availability.

Consumer demand for video data applications, development of the IoT and the advent of 5G mean that service providers are now looking to optimise their networks and deploy further cost and operational efficiencies.

“We are leaders in vRAN technology and use a strategy of collaboration to integrate leading third-party technologies and deliver world-class products that meet the unique needs of our service provider customers,” said Glenn Booth, VP of wireless portfolio management and strategy at Alcatel-Lucent.

“Working with Red Hat, Advantech and 6WIND we are accelerating the availability of our vRAN, giving operators the flexibility and efficiency they require on a large-scale to meet subscriber data demand into the future.”

Alcatel-Lucent is trialling its near-commercial vRAN technology with operators in North America, Asia and Europe, using a platform that comprises hardware and software from Red Hat, 6WIND and Advantech.

The vendor plans to expand these trials in 2016 using its Cloudband NFV platform to manage applications.

“On the road to 5G and the realisation of IoT, collaborations will be essential to accelerate product innovation, speed deployment and deliver greater value to customers,” Said Ween Niu, VP and general manager of Advantech Networks and Communications Group.

“We believe that the complementary technologies brought together in the Alcatel-Lucent vRAN ecosystem will enable a robust and reliable NFV-Infrastructure upon which service providers can truly innovate.” 


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