Altiostar & Wind River Develop NFV C-RAN
BARCELONA — Mobile World Congress — Mar. 2, 2015 – Altiostar and Wind River have developed a highly scalable Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) cloud radio access network (C-RAN) solution that allows mobile operators to deliver superior quality of experience with major cost savings, while reaping the benefits of an IT cloud service delivery model.
The Altiostar C-RAN solution can be deployed using readily available standard Ethernet transport and does not require expensive and hard-to-deploy dark fiber or wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM) in the last mile. The solution allows operators to build high-density clusters, resulting in considerably improved network performance and reduced capital expenditure and operating expenses.
“Current C-RAN architecture requires expensive and hard-to-deploy dark fiber or WDM in the last mile to carry CPRI frames. Additionally, exploding data consumption is creating tremendous network capacity shortfall. Carriers are eager to find disruptive solutions to address these challenges,” said Ashraf M. Dahod, president and CEO of Altiostar. “The Altiostar solution uses standard Ethernet-based fronthaul to build the cloud RAN. By working with industry leaders like Wind River and using Intel technology, we were able to get to market faster with an NFV C-RAN solution that enables the rapid introduction of new services and capacity, while driving down the total cost of ownership.”
As networks move to NFV, to properly handle traffic growth while improving quality of experience, it will be important to deploy a C-RAN with intelligent software-intensive eNodeBs that are capable of supporting LTE-Advanced features and provide scalable, on-demand compute, memory, and I/O bandwidth. Altiostar’s C-RAN solution includes intelligent macro and micro cellular eNodeBs. The Altiostar solution utilizes the NFV-enabling Wind River Titanium Server software platform for its software-intensive intelligent eNodeB. It runs on the Intel Xeon processor, which gives it the high performance needed for hyperscale workloads while minimizing the footprint.