Intel and VMware extend virtualization to RAN through broadened collaboration for 5G

helpnetsecurity | August 06, 2020

Intel and VMware extend virtualization to RAN through broadened collaboration for 5G
Intel and VMware are collaborating on an integrated software platform for virtualized Radio Access Networks (RAN) to accelerate the rollout of both existing LTE and future 5G networks. As communications service providers (CoSPs) evolve their networks to support the rollout of future 5G networks, they are increasingly adopting a software-defined, virtualized infrastructure. Virtualization of the core network has already enabled CoSPs to improve operational costs and bring services to market faster. This expanded collaboration between Intel and VMware aims to offer CoSPs reduced development cycles and scale across multiple designs.

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