Today’s news announcing Verizon’s deployment of the world’s first fully virtualized end-to-end 5G data session in a commercial network, in partnership with Intel, Samsung and Wind River, underscores the readiness of virtualized radio access network (vRAN) technology. To enable the scale of vRAN, Intel has partnered with the community to drive standards and foster a robust global ecosystem. Several leading global operators are conducting vRAN market trials based on Intel® technology, with commercial deployments starting to commence.
“Fully virtualized 5G networks can only be delivered through strong industry collaboration, and this recent achievement is the culmination of years of work between Verizon, Intel, Samsung and Wind River,” said Dan Rodriguez, corporate vice president and general manager of the Intel Network Platforms Group at Intel. “As our customers implement virtualized radio access network architectures, Intel is bringing together the products, ecosystem and expertise to help accelerate commercial solutions into the marketplace.”
With years of experience working with the industry to transform the network, Intel is also helping communication service providers architect their RAN infrastructure for a diverse range of 5G and edge services. Intel’s contribution to Verizon’s recent milestone are the following: Intel® Xeon® Scalable processor for Layer 1 and 2 processing, Intel® field programmable gate array programmable acceleration card N3000 for workload acceleration and fronthaul processing, and Intel® ethernet network adapter XXV710 for network I/O connectivity. Intel® FlexRAN software reference architecture was used to help accelerate the virtualization development.