This white paper written by Simon Stanley presents the key findings from the Heavy Reading “Accelerating Open RAN Platforms Survey,” conducted in March and April 2021. The combination of 5G and open RAN is driving significant opportunities for carriers and enterprises to upgrade and enhance their wireless networks without being tied to legacy equipment and existing suppliers. The standardized interfaces and functionality defined for open RAN solutions enables the use of server-based COTS/whitebox hardware and virtualized software functions from multiple vendors. However, the performance and capacity of the network depends heavily on the acceleration solutions installed in the systems, and the integration, interoperability and network optimization achieved.
Download this white paper to learn why operators are deploying open RAN and which platform architectures, hardware accelerators and software and integration solutions are viewed as most important for these deployments.