Intel and Ericsson Power first cloud RAN call on HPE servers

From Ericsson’s Open Lab in Ottawa, Ontario, Intel, Ericsson and HPE have successfully demonstrated Ericsson’s Cloud RAN (radio access network) solution on the new 4th Gen Intel® Xeon® Scalable processor with Intel® vRAN Boost. This milestone marks the first step toward Ericsson’s plans for a commercialized Cloud RAN solution based on Intel’s latest generation platform on HPE ProLiant DL110 servers. It will help communications service providers increase network capacity and energy efficiency while gaining greater flexibility and scalability.

“Achieving this significant milestone with Ericsson and HPE is possible only through open industry collaboration. Strong ecosystem engagements like this are absolutely critical to drive global innovation and commercial deployments at scale,” said Dan Rodriguez, corporate vice president and general manager of the Network and Edge Solutions at Intel. “Virtualization of the RAN is the next major transformation as we work to advance mobile networks into the future.”

Intel has been a pioneer in network virtualization for more than a decade and is a leader in network silicon with nearly all vRAN (virtual radio access network) deployments running on Intel architecture. Successful vRAN deployments are multiyear efforts with extensive ecosystem partnerships, and the 4th Gen Xeon processor with Intel vRAN Boost has already gained expansive industry support. This collaboration with Ericsson and HPE signals a combined commitment to speed up the availability of new technological improvements to the market while creating open, fully virtualized radio access networks.

The 4th Gen Xeon processor with Intel vRAN Boost provides a highly integrated solution for powering Cloud RAN networks that require extreme processing. These processors include built-in acceleration features that optimize workload performance for packet and signal processing, load balancing, AI and machine learning, and the implementation of dynamic power management.