TIM claims European first in CloudRAN launch

05 July 2016 |


Telecom Italia has claimed to be the first European operator to deploy Huawei’s CloudRAN technology in Palermo, Italy.

The trial will focus on future 5G network architectures while proving the capabilities of a so-called “intelligent” 4G in improving quality and efficiency of next-generation mobile networks. It will be carried out in Palermo on live network radio base stations. 

“We are particularly satisfied of launching this trial in Palermo, demonstrating the value of CloudRAN architecture” said Gabriela Styf Sjoman, CTO of Telecom Italia Group and head of TIM Lab. 

“This innovative technology is part of TIM’s path towards becoming a Digital Telco, securing to its clients a high quality user experience on digital new network technologies – such as CloudRAN – to guarantee customer satisfaction and create value through network solution that are both technologically innovative and efficient.”

A new architecture based on network functions virtualisation concepts, CloudRAN is said to enable improved user experience of mobile broadband services and facilitate mobile network operations. 

The operator said that through this initiative it aims to deliver a faster and more reliable network to meet the growing mobile demand driven by social network and multimedia content usage such as video and image sharing. 

Yang Chaobin, CMO of Huawei Wireless network product line, said: “The CloudRAN solution provides innovative network architecture to enhance network cloudification and agility. Huawei has historically enjoyed mutually beneficial cooperation with TIM in the fields of CloudRAN and 4.5G and is set to write new chapters in comprehensive digital transformation and MBB2020 network evolution”.