Ericsson, Intel join forces for Cloud RAN tech hub

Ericsson, Intel join forces for Cloud RAN tech hub
IMAGE: Personnel at the Ericsson-Intel Cloud RAN Tech Hub

Global ICT giants Ericsson and Intel have combined their technologies to launch a tech hub that will focus on improving energy efficiency and network performance, reducing time to market, and monetizing new business opportunities such as enterprise applications.

According to a statement, the current focus of the Ericsson-Intel Tech Hub includes activities in power management and performance, as well as joint work on Cloud RAN containerized network function (CNF) applications on upcoming generations of processing platforms.

“Cloud RAN technologies and virtualization have enormous potential to impact networks of the future. Through the Tech Hub, we will accelerate Cloud RAN technology in areas like energy efficiency and performance, while reducing time to market,” said Per Narvinger, Head of Product Area Networks, Ericsson.

The Tech Hub is the latest of several Ericsson Cloud-RAN focused initiatives and portfolio additions, added the statement.

The company introduced its Cloud RAN offering in October 2020 and established the Ericsson Open Lab, aimed at driving virtualized 5G RAN technologies with Ericsson Cloud RAN customers and ecosystem partners, in March 2021.

Dan Rodriguez, Corporate Vice President and General Manager, Network Platforms Group at Intel, said, “The transformation to fully virtualized, cloud-native-based networks brings tremendous innovation and agility, and is now extending to the RAN. The Tech Hub will provide a venue for Ericsson and Intel to extend our collaboration and showcase how a virtualized RAN can deliver greater levels of automation, agility and sustainability.”

Ericsson already supports service providers with the most robust and high-performing 5G RAN solutions while planning for future network topologies and ideologies.

Intel has been helping the industry transform communications networks for more than a decade and offers an extensive portfolio of processing, acceleration and software solutions that are deployed today, including Intel Xeon processors.

The Tech Hub will augment existing R&D work for both companies with multi-year product design efforts, enabling communications service providers to better plan their future roadmaps and offerings.

Ericsson and Intel’s latest collaboration was unveiled at the Big 5G Event in Austin, USA.