NEC Corporation (TSE: 6701), a leader in the integration of IT and network technologies, today announced the publication of “Open & Virtualized RAN – The Future of Radio”, a white paper that focuses on the evolution of RAN, including the importance of Open vRAN for building an interoperable multi-vendor ecosystem in support of 5G networks.
NEC’s Vertical Business Platform ecosystem is bringing together the best vRAN software, Radio Units (RU) and xHaul equipment with various types of cloud and management elements from a broad range of industry partners to benefit the growth of Open vRAN.
Open vRAN offers a software-centric approach that enables Communication Service Providers (CSPs) to choose the best-fitting software and hardware among multiple vendors. This provides a means for building interoperable multi-vendor RAN ecosystems that are free from vendor lock-in.
NEC’s subsidiary Netcracker, a leader in orchestration and next-generation BSS/OSS systems, has already demonstrated the significant agility and cost efficiency benefits orchestration brings to Open vRAN. Netcracker has accomplished this with measures that include the automation of services that cross both physical and virtual networks, the provision of a multiservice edge cloud, and the support of a multivendor ecosystem.
As the market continues to mature, NEC’s extensive experience with successfully integrating complex systems to create innovative solutions will be essential for enabling CSPs to capitalize on the benefits of Open vRAN.
NEC will be collaborating with the Telecom Infra Project, leveraging its best in class Radio Units, Systems Integration (SI) capabilities and Orchestration expertise with Netcracker to accelerate OpenRAN adoption as announced in the TIP blog post for February 2020.