VMware and Intel are helping Deutsche Telekom to create a virtual radio access network (vRAN) platform, based on O-RAN standards for both existing LTE and future 5G networks. The parties are currently undergoing testing and validation at Deutsche Telekom’s headquarters in Bonn, Germany.
“As the traditional RAN becomes the open RAN, we need to accelerate the development of scalable high-performance open RAN solutions,” said Alex Jinsung Choi, SVP of strategy and technology innovation with Deutsche Telekom, in a statement. “Our collaboration with VMware and Intel aims to address scalability and related economics for vRAN macro layer deployment.”
The solution for DT uses Intel processors and Intel’s FlexRAN software reference platform to run vRAN workloads on top of VMware’s telco cloud platform. DT will also use VMware’s pre-standard, near real-time RAN Intelligent Controller that will adopt O-RAN open interfaces with some enhancements.
In addition to VMware and Intel, Deutsche Telekom is also working with other key partners Cohere Technologies and Mavenir.