To stay in pace with the ever-increasing user expectation for instant access to information, service providers and businesses need the agility to scale on demand and launch new products and services as quickly as they are requested. Open architecture like Open RAN can provide more flexibility and cost-effective deployment options for operators and enterprises.
The importance of speedy and reliable connectivity has never been more apparent than during the global pandemic. Nonetheless, modern network technologies also hold the key to global recovery. As countries slowly emerge from the pandemic, industries will seek to accelerate their efforts to automate, digitize, and enhance their capabilities, making it a critical time for communication service providers (CSPs) to deliver on the immense potential and power of 5G.
The current global pandemic has changed many aspects of our lifestyle, pushing internet traffic up to enable employees to work from home, students studying and playing more at home, and enterprises shifting to online business models. This broadband internet increase demand is driving communications service providers (CoSPs) scrambling to increase capacity and improve performance for remote users.
As digital transformation progresses in the business world, networks are steadily gaining in importance. The building blocks of business digitalization are the infrastructure technologies that comprise it, including uCPE, vRAN, Cloud Edge, Aggregation Routers, IoT, and A.I., all of which share one thing in common – network centricity.
The incoming 5G technology era will bring both speed and convenience. While there are many benefits, behind the scenes, 5G infrastructure is complicated. It requires substantially more network automation than previous technologies. That automation depends on having a real-time view of network resources enabled by intelligent algorithms that measure the performance of available resources to determine service path computation, in addition to smart network control methods.
With the deployment of 5G networks globally, the importance of network edge, particularly in terms of performance and programmability, is ever more critical for consumers and service providers. If you are unfamiliar with the concept, network edge is simply a distributed computing paradigm that brings computation and data storage as close to the point of request as possible to deliver low latency and save bandwidth. Network edge empowers service providers with the openness, agility, and scalability they need to deliver a full range of services and applications to their customers, efficiently and economically.
In 2020, voice and internet data services are a mainstay of our economy and have become commodities. As a result of this commoditization, revenues from these services are plateauing and no longer a viable area of growth for many operators. In response to this trend, operators are now turning their attention towards new high-growth segments, such IoT, eMBB, UrLLC, and Immersive reality to name a few, to fuel their expansion. For these mainstays of the new 5G economy, wireless networks will play a critical role in realizing the full potential of these next-generation disciplines. Wireless networks will be required to connect to ever-larger numbers of devices, process ever-larger volumes of data, and provide the versatility needed for fostering innovation. OpenRAN architecture is the perfect solution for the needs of operators in the 5G era. OpenRAN solutions offer flexibility and scalability through the disaggregation of hardware and software and the utilization of Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) hardware. OpenRAN platforms constitute a significant step towards the realization of the 5G era.