Technology developments in the fields of hardware and software disaggregation, network function virtualization and containerization forge architectural changes across mobile networks. To fully reap the benefits of network virtualization, telecom operators must rethink sourcing models, deployment models, and organizational setups.
5G private networks will have more capabilities and broader appeal than LTE private networks. Planning, implementing, and maintaining a 5G private network has unique challenges for deployment and test.
Data rates reach 800 Gbps, which will carry traffic from many more users than networks see today.
Wireless giant gets close to the edge through routers and subscription services.
Small cells and macro cells differ in capabilities. Virtual radio access networks can compensate for those differences, bringing interoperability to the table.
Open radio-access networks promise to make 5G networks more flexible while fostering innovation, but with interoperable components comes the need for compliance and interoperability testing.
In a panel session held on July 15, representatives of network equipment suppliers touted the advantages of open radio-access networks. Getting there will take time involves risk, including too much hype.
Video: VIAVI Solutions has added load testing to its 5G network test equipment, but load testing is just one part of interoperability and compliance testing of the open RAN. 5GTW interviewed VIAVI’s Owen O’Donnell to learn about testing Open RAN.
UMass Lowell professor teams up with entrepreneur to produce open-source software for distributing COVID-19 test kits and collecting test data.
Open radio access networks are moving ahead and will likely become the preferred connection between 5G radios and core networks.