ZTE Corporation has unveiled a new generation radio access network (RAN) solution, ZTE Cloud RAN at the recent Mobile World Congress, Shanghai. This fully virtualized RAN solution is designed to reconstruct the wireless network based on cloud processing platform. According to ZTE, it will allow operators to rapidly deploy networks.
Based on the unified M-ICT platform, ZTE Cloud RAN integrates all modes of access including 2G, 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi, the internet of things (IoT) and 5G and has support for a massive number of connections. It also provides an open interface for third parties enabling operators to quickly establish various services.
Under 5G technologies, new challenges such as processing performance, coordination capability, and service deployment arise for RAN. Hence, a 5G RAN is required to evolve its architecture for the diverse cases. The company has inked strategic agreements with Chinese and global customers to commercially deploy the ZTE Cloud RAN solution in the second quarter of 2017.
Outlining the company’s plan to assist the industry, especially in overcoming the obstacles to IoT adoption, ZTE’s president Zhao Xianming said, “The IoT has created significant progress in intelligent manufacturing, smart cities, intelligent transportation, and smart homes. Various innovative IoT applications will soon emerge. We’re on the eve of a powerful new IoT-enabled revolution in business and as a global society.”
“All parties across the industrial chain have a collaborative, cooperative role to play in promoting the healthy development of the IoT industry,” Zhao added.