It's a Bird... It's a Plane... It's C-RAN!

Here at Light Reading, it's Cloud-RAN (or C-RAN) month, and as far as the copydesk is concerned, clouds are up in the sky and that's where they should stay. But what a great excuse for a gallery of cloud photos!

Tech terms abound in our ever-changing industry, and after a while, definitions start to sound more or less like mumbo jumbo. C-RAN is "emerging as an important platform for next-generation radio access networks (RANs). Standing for both centralized RAN and cloud RAN, the C-RAN concept is based around the idea of a centralized baseband processing pool serving n number of distributed radio access nodes," our smarty-pants counterparts at Heavy Reading tell us. Got that? (See Time for Some New Acronyms for CRAN and CRAN in LTE-Advanced.)

Taking a Literal Stance
This is really what Cloud-RAN means, right?
This is really what Cloud-RAN means, right?

So if you'd like a relaxing break from all these tech terms and perplexing definitions, take a brief walk through the clouds with us by clicking the cloud above.

— Eryn Leavens, Copy Desk Editor, Light Reading

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