Cloud RAN - a cornerstone of open architectures
A powerful, versatile, future-proofed cloud-native solution for 5G RAN networks.
Ericsson Cloud RAN (Radio Access Network) is a cloud-native software solution handling compute functionality in the RAN. Cloud RAN is a viable option for communications service providers (CSP) that offers increased flexibility, faster delivery of services, and greater scalability in networks.
Ericsson Cloud RAN enables CSPs to seamlessly evolve towards cloud-native technologies and open network architectures, with the vision that our customers can deploy cloud-native networks on any site, any cloud, and any server platform.
What is Cloud RAN?
Cloud RAN is the separation of the RAN baseband software and the RAN baseband hardware. This baseband software can run on any capable commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware, with or without integrated accelerators, utilizing cloud-native tools and processes to manage the software and hardware.
This means that baseband RAN software can, in principle, be deployed in many different ways – on cloud hardware on-site, in a CSP-owned data center, or even on a hyperscaler public cloud.
Explore Cloud RAN benefits and how it will co-exist with purpose-built RAN, in this “What’s next for RAN” paper.
High-performing Cloud RAN
Navigating an open ecosystem for high-performing Cloud RAN
Collaboration with AMD
The Ericsson-AMD collaboration will see additional processing technologies in the Ericsson Cloud RAN offering. The expanded offering aims to enhance the performance of Cloud RAN and secure high-capacity solutions. The collaboration will enable joint exploration of AMD EPYC processors and T2 Telco accelerator for utilization in Cloud RAN solutions, while also investigating future platform generations of these technologies.
Read more about Ericsson-AMD collaboration.
Collaboration with Dell Technologies
Ericsson is partnering with Dell as a supplier of Dell PowerEdge servers for its Cloud RAN offering. The Ericsson and Dell collaboration will further enable open cloud networks that allow customers to choose their own infrastructure while ensuring telco-grade performance at the far edge.
Read more about Ericsson-Dell collaboration.
Collaboration with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE)
The collaboration with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) brings additional flexibility to Cloud RAN deployments, as Ericsson customers will now also have an option to select HPE workload optimized edge compute based on HPE ProLiant servers and any cloud platform to deploy their Cloud RAN networks.
Read more about the Ericsson-HPE collaboration.
Collaboration with Intel
Ericsson Cloud RAN creates more options for communications service providers and delivers a truly cloud agnostic platform, supported by its long-term strategic partner, Intel. The portfolio will leverage Intel’s compute – across multiple product generations of Intel Xeon Scalable processors and accelerator technology, to enable high-density capacity solutions. This enables both companies to deliver the type of performance seen in the most demanding RAN environments in the world.
Read more about Ericsson-Intel collaboration.
Collaboration with Google Cloud
- Ericsson Cloud RAN (Radio Access Network) now runs on Google Distributed Cloud, utilizing the x86-based accelerator stack
- The joint solution offers integrated automation and orchestration using artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) and enables communications service providers (CSPs) with faster delivery of services, increased efficiency, and greater flexibility and optimization opportunities in their networks
Read more on Ericsson and Google Cloud collaboration
Collaboration with Red Hat
Our multi-year partnership with Red Hat spans across multiple projects and solutions for Cloud RAN. The key to this successful collaboration is pre-integrated solutions by validating Ericsson Cloud RAN on Red Hat cloud platform, as well as ensuring joint and optimized approaches to managing related services and support in a multi-vendor environment.
This partnership gives our customers increased flexibility when evolving into Cloud RAN, and reduced complexity and time-to-market when they choose Ericsson Cloud RAN with Red Hat.
Read more on Ericsson and Red Hat collaboration
Ericsson Cloud RAN - enabling bluefield deployments
Ericsson Cloud RAN can be deployed in a multitude of different scenarios, including existing footprints, also known as ‘bluefield deployments’, with full interworking between the two network architectures. Driving this is Ericsson Cloud Link, which enables value-add network technologies such as Ericsson Spectrum Sharing, and 5G Carrier Aggregation to operate across platforms.
Cloud RAN insights
Service providers invest billions of dollars in 5G networks. They are driven by the urge to provide never before seen network performance and services. How to use the 5G-enabled bandwidth to the maximum? What does it take to design the best-optimized transport network for the Cloud RAN?