ABI Insight: Virtual RAN Gets Real

May 4, 2017

The modern RAN is evolving from traditional distributed RAN (D-RAN) and centralized RAN (C-RAN) architectures to a virtual RAN (V-RAN) architecture where many of the functions of the baseband are executed in the cloud on remote telecom data centers running commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware.

These changes fundamentally alter the relationship and partitioning in the basestation between the radios, basebands, data centers, and the underlying transport or fronthaul interconnecting them.

Read the ABI paper, “Virtual RAN Gets Real”, to gain a better understanding of this shift in RAN architectures, the various forms it can take and the implications for the fronthaul.

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