20 Jun 2018

Large-scale trial prepares for future 5G networks

Nokia has completed a live network trial in Poland in collaboration with Orange to validate the benefits of cloud-optimized radio access networks for the smooth evolution to next-generation 5G technologies.

The two companies trialed Cloud RAN technology to prepare for the eventual introduction of a distributed cloud architecture for 5G by Orange. A distributed, cloud-based radio access network architecture like Nokia's AirScale Cloud RAN provides capacity where needed and prepares the network for the deployment of new 5G access technology as part of a multi-layered architecture.

The trial took place from March to the beginning of May in Poland, with radio sites in the city of Chelm and the virtualized part of the baseband running in a data center in Lublin, around 70 km away. As a result, Nokia's AirScale Cloud Base Station provided equally strong network performance on both Nokia's reference cloud infrastructure and on Orange's own cloud environment.

Nokia's architecture splits baseband processing functionality across the radio cell sites and data center using its AirScale Cloud Base Station. Time-critical functions are performed at the cell site and connected via Ethernet fronthaul - allowing the operator to use its existing transport network - while centralized software hosted at the data center cost-efficiently performs non real-time functions.

Nokia AirScale Cloud RAN provides the flexibility needed for future services and requirements for 5G, Internet of Things, low latency services and end-to-end slicing.

About the trial

  • Nokia AirScale Cloud Base Station, a virtual base station for 4G and 5G, running 4G technology via Ethernet fronthaul

  • Orange's NGPop cloud infrastructure

  • Nokia AirFrame Data Center platform designed to meet stringent radio access capacity, performance and latency requirements

  • Nokia Cloud Infrastructure for Radio/Real Time

  • Nokia NetAct monitoring Cloud RAN and classical RAN in the commercial network

"During this trial, Orange Poland has successfully trialed virtualized RAN architectures in collaboration with Nokia and investigated the impact on network operations. The quality and performance observed during the trial give confidence on the RAN virtualization and is a critical step for us towards 5G" commented Piotr Jaworski, CTO of Orange Poland.

Arnaud Vamparys, VP Radio Access Networks and Microwaves of Orange Global, said: "For Orange, RAN virtualization is a critical enabler to deliver a better and more homogeneous customer experience on 4G and future 5G networks, allowing these multi-service networks to simultaneously handle various type of objects with different connectivity needs. The positive outcome of this trial is an important step towards the implementation of this enabler inside our networks in Europe and Africa."

Alain Biston, head of Mobile Network Business Management at Nokia, added: "This successful live trial of the innovative AirScale Cloud RAN technology is a key milestone in the joint work of Orange and Nokia. Cloud RAN is a key enabler for the coming era of 4G and 5G flexible networks, low-latency services and end-to end slicing, building on a distributed cloud network architecture like our Future X. We have demonstrated that Nokia AirScale Cloud RAN is ready for commercial deployments, helping Orange and other customers to start deploying flexible and agile cloud-based networks."

Most popular news in Cellular telecoms

Infineon and Alibaba Cloud sign MoU on Internet of Things
App turns phone camera into a real-time 104-language translator
Audi and Ericsson to pioneer 5G for automotive manufacturing
Kaleyra acquires Hook Mobile
RingCentral retains UK G-Cloud certification

All news in this channel | All news


Share this page


Want more like this? Register for our newsletter






Object Recognition with 3D Time-of-Flight Cameras and Neural Networks Mark Patrick | Mouser Electronics
Object Recognition with 3D Time-of-Flight Cameras and Neural Networks
Machine vision - the ability for computers to see and recognise the world around us - is becoming more important for a variety of fields, from IoT and manufacturing through to augmented reality.









Radio-Electronics.com is operated and owned by Adrio Communications Ltd and edited by Ian Poole. All information is © Adrio Communications Ltd and may not be copied except for individual personal use. This includes copying material in whatever form into website pages. While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the information on Radio-Electronics.com, no liability is accepted for any consequences of using it. This site uses cookies. By using this site, these terms including the use of cookies are accepted. More explanation can be found in our Privacy Policy