Alcatel-Lucent has signed collaboration agreements with Red Hat, Advantech and 6WIND, to accelerate the delivery of commercial virtualized radio access network products.
Collaboration with these companies will enhance Alcatel-Lucent’s vRAN technology, working on the CloudBand NFV platform, ensuring that it will meet service providers’ large-scale performance and reliability requirements.
With ever-growing consumer demand for video data applications, the expected growth of the Internet-of-Things and the advent of 5G wireless technology, service providers are looking to optimize their networks and enable new cost and operational efficiencies. Leveraging its expanded global collaboration with Intel and working with Red Hat, Advantech and 6WIND, Alcatel-Lucent will deliver a fully NFV-compliant virtualized radio access network that meets their stringent high-performance, high-availability cloud needs.
Glenn Booth, vice-president of Wireless Portfolio Management and Strategy at Alcatel-Lucent, said: “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. 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 with leading service providers in North America, Asia and Europe using a platform that consists of 6WIND, Advantech and Red Hat hardware and software. In 2016 Alcatel-Lucent will expand these trials using the CloudBand NFV platform to onboard and manage applications.
Radhesh Balakrishan, general manager, OpenStack, Red Hat said: ”Red Hat has been delighted to work with Alcatel-Lucent to enable communications service providers to move their applications and services to OpenStack-powered telco clouds in order to take advantage of NFV. Now, we’re pleased to bring OpenStack and open source innovation to Alcatel-Lucent’s vRAN solutions which are delivered to mobile operators through the CloudBand NFV platform.”
The company is is also working with a number of telecoms service providers to develop innovative NFV-based radio access network technologies including China Mobile, Telefónica and announced the industry’s first live field trial of vRAN technology with China Mobile in July.