The upcoming 5G network evolution stage demands higher bandwidth and lower latencies in network communication than ever before. This challenging set of requirements results in more and more functions - that used to be executed in the core - being forced to the edge of the mobile network, as defined by Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC).
FlexRAN (vRAN) enables more versatile, less expensive radio access networks while maintaining the key requirements of communications infrastructure such as reliability and high availability. By moving dedicated decode functions to the antenna and virtualizing the compute functions the RAN can be built in a whole new way, enabling more cell capacity and more coverage at a lower cost. There are multiple implementation possibilities, which result in different deployment models, all of which are ideally suited for the Artesyn MaxCore family of products.
C-RANs serve as the control unit in 4th and 5th generation networks. With 5G, they are becoming even more important in delivering high demand short latencies and the high speeds promised for these networks. This solution brief explains how to construct a high-density, high-performance C-RAN that offers a quarter of the cost per cell compared to pure server-sled-based solutions but with higher density and lower power consumption.
The upcoming 5G network evolution stage demands higher bandwidth and lower latencies in network communication than ever before. This challenging set of requirements results in more and more functions – that used to be executed in the core – being forced to the edge of the mobile network. This solution brief describes the construction of a VRAN that can support an equivalent number of cells as 14 traditional servers in just 3-5U.