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.