RAN Innovation: How, Why, and WhenFierceWireless

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Thursday, Sep 13

7:30 AM - 9:05 AM

Doors open: 7:30 AM


Concourse Hall, Level 2 – Theater D


RAN Innovation: How, Why, and When
September 13, 2018 – 7:30AM-9:05AM
The traditional design of a wireless network involves one antenna, one radio and one baseband unit, typically all supplied by one company. That’s the setup that largely dominated the early days of LTE.
But it’s not 2011 anymore, and the world of 5G is much, much different.
Today’s wireless networks increasingly rely on a host of advanced technologies, from MIMO to carrier aggregation. And that innovation also stretches into the design of the radio access network (RAN) itself. From centralized basebands to virtualized network functions to edge computing, the RAN is slowly undergoing a dramatic overhaul that could allow network operators to significantly speed up their operations while also cutting out excessive costs.
Of course, this transition won’t be smooth. Operators will need to employ software architectures that can handle migrations from legacy equipment. They will also need to ensure interoperability among a variety of suppliers alongside disparate network equipment and services. Perhaps most importantly, they’ll need to consider advanced concepts like “open RAN,” where fully programmable networks run on disaggregated, general-purpose hardware.
It’s 2018 and it’s a new RAN, but where is it going?
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