Another week, another acronym to throw into the ever-bubbling pot of alphabet soup that is the communications business!
This time it is SDRAN -- software-defined radio access networks -- or running basestation functions on a standard whitebox server. South Korean operator SK Telecom (Nasdaq: SKM), which is never shy about pushing the edge of mobile technology, ran a virtual LTE basestation -- with tech from Nokia Networks -- this month, a press release states.
One of the key benefits of using of using software for radio access networks is that it makes it easier to re-allocate resources for data spikes, or different types of services at the edge of the network. Concepts like self-optimizing networks (SON) have already started to introduce operators to the concept of managing resources on the RAN. (See MEC Congress: The Key Takeaways and Big Data Lights Up the SON.)
You might also see different names used for SDRAN, such as SoftRAN or Cloud Radio. One thing is certain, however -- you're likely to see more of this terminology and technology as LTE advances further and 5G comes to market. (See Deutsche Telekom Opens 5G:haus.)
SK Telecom, meanwhile, is sticking to its 2020 commercial launch date for its 5G network.
— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading