BARCELONA — Mobile World Congress — Mar. 2, 2015 — Wind River and China Mobile have joined forces on multiple Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) projects. The collaboration includes a new NFV test lab as well as the development of virtualized small cell gateway and cloud radio access network (C-RAN) solutions. The combination of these efforts is designed to help the industry begin to roll out NFV deployments and reduce time-to-market and operating expenses (OPEX).
China Mobile has created a new test lab, based on the OPNFV open source project, focused on accelerating NFV through an integrated, open platform. The OPNFV lab provides a diverse hardware and software infrastructure for open standards-based testing and integration, including live network access. Wind River is one of the founding partners of the test lab. The lab is able to provide commercial grade NFV platforms, including Wind River Titanium Server software, to support open source development and testing. Offering a rich environment for the testing and evaluation of commercial NFV platforms, the lab provides a variety of participation opportunities for a diverse range of partners across the ecosystem.
In the showcase of its joint virtualized small cell gateway technology, China Mobile and Wind River have demonstrated the feasibility of creating high-performance, high-available data plane virtual network functions (VNFs) at a considerably lower cost and with greatly improved flexibility. As data traffic continues to grow at an exponential rate, small cell base stations are an increasingly attractive option to help expand network capacity.
The virtualized small cell gateway solution features the ASTRI Small Cell Gateway as a VNF on Wind River Titanium Server, running on the Intel® Xeon processor. The ASTRI gateways are designed for offload signaling and mobility management to the mobile core network and were pre-validated and optimized for performance with Titanium Server, a carrier grade NFV infrastructure software solution that is designed to meet the stringent "always on" requirements of the telecom industry.
Additionally, China Mobile and Wind River have developed a C-RAN solution for NFV deployment. The joint solution delivers a live demonstration of a successful C-RAN that provides near-native hardware performance and live migration of L1 to L3, and that follows the requirements of the ETSI NFV Industry Standards Group. The solution will also be demonstrated at Mobile World Congress 2015, and features Wind River Titanium Server technologies running on an Intel Xeon processor-based server with a dedicated hardware accelerator.