Ericsson and NVIDIA, the leader in accelerated computing, announced they are collaborating on technologies that can allow communication service providers to build high-performing, efficient and completely virtualized 5G radio access networks (RAN). These virtualized networks can enable the faster and more flexible introduction of new AI and IoT services.
The collaboration brings together Ericsson’s expertise in RAN technology with NVIDIA’s leadership in the graphics processing unit (GPU)-powered accelerated computing platforms, as well as AI and supercomputing.
Communication service providers are exploring alternative technologies and RAN architectures amid growing interest for virtualization while securing the best possible user experience.
A major industry challenge is how to virtualize the complete RAN solution in a cost-, size- and energy-efficient way, comparable with traditionally built RAN networks. The collaboration seeks to examine how these challenges can be addressed in a commercially viable way.
The companies’ ultimate goal is to commercialize virtualized RAN technologies to deliver radio networks with flexibility and shorter time to market for new services, such as augmented reality, virtual reality, and gaming.
Fredrik Jejdling, Executive Vice President and Head of Networks, Ericsson, says: “As a technology leader, we embrace openness and new platforms where we can continue to innovate and push boundaries to provide our customers with the best possible solutions. With NVIDIA we will jointly look at bringing alternatives to market for virtualizing the complete radio access network.”