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Webinar: Proving the Benefits of C-RANWebinar: Proving the Benefits of C-RAN

It's not too late to register for a free webinar that, with help of China Mobile, takes a long, hard look at C-RAN.

Gabriel Brown

November 12, 2013

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Webinar: Proving the Benefits of C-RAN

As I wrote in my last column, C-RAN is emerging as an important new radio access technology for operators that are looking to deploy LTE Advanced and, a decade from now, perhaps also 5G. (See C-RAN Blazes a Trail to True 4G.)

Standing for both Centralized RAN and Cloud RAN, the C-RAN concept is based around the idea of a centralized baseband processing pool serving distributed remote radio units (RRUs). The idea is that through tightly coordinated radio resource management across RRUs operators can achieve better system performance than if resources are coordinated via external X2 interfaces between standalone basestations. Better cell edge performance, in particular, is considered a key advantage of the technology.

It is still early days, however, and proving the benefits of C-RAN, and then working out how the architecture can apply to different use-cases in different market contexts, remains a work in progress. I've written a Heavy Reading report discussing these issues entitled "C-RAN & LTE Advanced: The Road to 'True 4G' & Beyond" (available here).

And tomorrow (Wednesday November 13) at 12 Noon EST Light Reading will host a special editorial webinar on the topic with a guest speaker from China Mobile.

China Mobile is at the forefront of C-RAN research and system development and is leading industry efforts to develop viable and commercially attractive deployment models. The speaker will be Clark Chen, senior researcher, Wireless and Network, China Mobile US Research Center, and one of the world's foremost experts on the topic.

To register for this free webinar, "C-RAN -- The Next Generation Mobile Access Platform," click here: http://webinar.lightreading.com/15151.

We already have over 500 registrants for the session. You'll be in good company.

— Gabriel Brown, Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading

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Gabriel Brown

Principal Analyst, Heavy Reading

Gabriel Brown's coverage at Heavy Reading focuses on wireless data networking technologies, including 3G/HSPA, WiMax, and LTE, with a specific focus on how these technologies impact the wider mobile Internet services market. He has covered the wireless data industry since 1998, previously as Chief Analyst of the monthly Unstrung Insider, published by Heavy Reading's parent company Light Reading. Before moving to Heavy Reading, Brown was additionally responsible for the overall editorial planning of Light Reading's entire line of Insider research newsletters. Prior to joining Unstrung, Brown was the editor of IP Wireline and Wireless Week at London's Euromoney Institutional Investor. He often presents research findings at industry events and is regularly consulted by wireless networking technology leaders. He is based in the U.K.

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