On October 20th, Qualcomm announced the launch of a series of 5G network infrastructure chip platforms for a wide range of deployment scenarios from macro base stations supporting massive MIMO to compact small base stations, accelerating the cellular ecosystem to virtualized, interoperable wireless access Network (RAN) transformation-this trend is driven by 5G. Qualcomm launched three new 5G RAN platforms: Qualcomm radio frequency unit platform, Qualcomm push distributed unit platform and Qualcomm distributed radio frequency unit platform. The three platforms released this time are the world’s first announced solutions designed to support the deployment of a new generation of open converged virtual RAN (vRAN) networks by leading mobile operators. The above-mentioned platforms are designed to support communication equipment manufacturers to transform public networks and wireless enterprise private networks into innovative platforms to realize the full potential of 5G.
Cristiano Amon, President of Qualcomm, said: “Qualcomm’s deep 5G expertise and global technological leadership give the company a unique advantage to provide a comprehensive and rich network infrastructure platform to support innovative, high-performance, virtual Large-scale deployment of standardized and modular 5G networks. We are working closely with mobile operators, network equipment manufacturers, standardization organizations and other participants to implement the above-mentioned network deployment.”
The 5G RAN series of platforms are designed to support existing and emerging network equipment manufacturers to accelerate the deployment and commercialization of vRAN equipment and features, and meet the 5G needs of public and private networks. The above-mentioned new platform provides a fully scalable and highly flexible architecture for the deployment of macro base stations and small base stations, and supports all 5G function division options between distributed units (DU) and radio frequency units (RU)-which has become Qualcomm’s existing A powerful supplement to the 5G RAN platform products of small base stations.
The above-mentioned new solutions are based on Qualcomm’s pioneering wireless technology expertise and long-term history of providing technology for cellular infrastructure, including support for commercial use of 3G network equipment from the 1990s to 2000s, and the provision of cellular for small base stations in the past 10 years chipset. Qualcomm Technologies’ network infrastructure solutions have supported Lotte Mobile to build the world’s first large-scale deployment of vRAN in Japan.
The main highlights of Qualcomm’s 5G RAN series platform include: for macro base stations and small base stations, high-performance modems and radio frequency systems, high-performance virtualization products that support integrated hardware acceleration, flexible and scalable interoperability interfaces, support for sub-6GHz and millimeter waves Integrated solutions, etc.
Andre Fuetsch, Chief Technology Officer, Network Services, AT&T Communications, said: “AT&T has always been at the forefront of every generation of wireless technology including 5G. We will continue to develop and deploy the most innovative solutions to meet customer needs. But we only rely on us. A company cannot complete this work, so we are very happy to cooperate with Qualcomm on future 5G network deployment models including vRAN and open RAN. Qualcomm’s 5G RAN series platform will help us provide customers with new and enhanced experiences to achieve together 5G vision.”
Fotis Karonis, Chief Technology Innovation Officer of BT’s Enterprise Division, said: “BT is committed to providing the most innovative solutions, using the power of technology to help customers optimize operations and release new potential. We continue to break the boundaries of 5G innovation and take the lead in 2019. 5G services were launched in the United Kingdom in May of 2005, and we cooperated with major technological innovation companies to innovate and deployed many 5G use cases across the United Kingdom. Our cooperation with Qualcomm has brought breakthrough capabilities and significant advantages to users and vertical industries such as healthcare and smart terminals. We are very pleased that Qualcomm can continue to make important contributions to the development and deployment of 5G through its 5G RAN platform product roadmap.”
Claudia Nemat, a member of the Deutsche Telekom Technology and Innovation Committee, said: “Deutsche Telekom and Qualcomm have maintained long-term cooperation. Through strategic cooperation, we have solved many technical challenges in the evolution of wireless telecommunication services. As a recognized European 5G leader, Deutsche Telekom has always hoped Cooperate with companies that embrace innovation and break technological boundaries. I am very happy that Qualcomm has entered the field of next-generation open and virtualized network evolution. I believe that Qualcomm will bring energy-efficient and innovative open RAN solutions to the ecosystem . Congratulations to Qualcomm for launching a new 5G RAN series solution today.”
Tatsuo Sato, Vice President and Technical Planning and Management Officer of KDDI CORPORATION, said: “KDDI launched 5G commercial services in March 2020 and is currently rapidly expanding network coverage. Compared with previous generations of wireless communication technologies, 5G uses higher frequency bands. Therefore, we regard dense networking as one of the key points of the 5G network strategy. In addition, the open network architecture will enable efficient and flexible dense 5G network deployment. We look forward to the Qualcomm 5G RAN platform to further promote the development of open 5G network architecture To help realize innovative 5G networks and services.”
Hyeon-Seuk Lee, Executive Vice President of KT Telecom, said: “After the large-scale deployment of 5G commercial networks, KT Telecom continues to use 5G networks and services to help usher in a new era of innovation. Cooperation with global 5G leaders such as Qualcomm is crucial to the promotion of 5G development. Important. The new Qualcomm 5G RAN platform will promote closer collaboration between the two parties to provide users with a reliable, robust, and powerful mobile experience empowered by 5G. As a global leader in 5G, KT Telecom will cooperate with Qualcomm in the next decade and The further future continues to promote 5G innovation.”
Sangmin Lee, Chief Technology Officer of LG Uplus, said: “Since the launch of the world’s first 5G network in April 2019, we are very pleased to see that the company’s 5G solutions and services are changing the pattern of the entire industry and ecosystem in Korea. The success of Qualcomm is inseparable from the cooperation with industry leaders, including Qualcomm, which has been committed to inventing innovative technologies that make society better. We are very pleased to continue to cooperate with Qualcomm to provide a wealth of 5G products from smart phones to network infrastructure Combination. We sincerely congratulate Qualcomm for launching the new 5G RAN platform.”
Sadayuki Abeta, vice president and general manager of the wireless access network development department of NTT DOCOMO, said: “The global consumer demand for faster connections and more immersive mobile experiences is increasing. Qualcomm helps us ensure that customers can achieve the ultimate speed on their terminals. Enjoy the best entertainment experience. DOCOMO is working with industry leaders to make 5G wireless access networks more open and flexible. We look forward to Qualcomm’s 5G RAN platform becoming an important part of accelerating this process.”
Rakuten Mobile’s Representative Director, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Tareq Amin said: “Last month, Rakuten Mobile launched the’Rakuten UN-LIMIT V’5G service based on our fully virtualized, cloud-native mobile network. Its disruptive technology It can help our customers save costs. With the support of Qualcomm’s innovative RAN platform, we are continuing to expand network coverage and continue to lead the industry in adopting open decoupling networks.”
Mathew Oommen, President of Reliance Jio Infocomm, said: “As Jio continues to support and promote the development of RAN open technology, our long-term cooperation with Qualcomm will help accelerate the development of a complete set of 5G products and solutions. From chips to software, software All functions that define RAN will be tested on Jio Scale. These standards-compliant open RAN technologies and the new Qualcomm 5G RAN platform will help narrow the digital divide in gigabit networks and provide what is necessary for life in India and other countries and regions today Inclusive digital platform.”
Dr. Yoon Kim, Chief Technology Officer of SK Telecom, said: “We congratulate Qualcomm for launching the new Qualcomm 5G RAN platform. This is another key milestone in the development of Qualcomm. As a leading 5G service provider, SK Telecom has been Cloud games, immersive media, remote collaboration, smart factories, and enterprise applications bring new innovative experiences to users. We believe that cooperating with industry leaders with different backgrounds such as Qualcomm is essential for the continued promotion of 5G innovation. Later In the era of the epidemic, we look forward to continuing cooperation with Qualcomm to help customers fully connect everything, people, enterprises and society.”
Tomohiro Sekiwa, Senior Vice President and Head of Mobile Network Business of SoftBank Group, said: “SoftBank Group has been using Qualcomm’s LTE small cell solution for many years. Today, we are very pleased to see Qualcomm announce its entry into 5G vRAN/Open RAN Radio Frequency Unit (RU). ) And the distributed unit (DU) market, we believe that these new solutions will promote innovation and create the most efficient ecosystem for global network deployment. Softbank is pleased to be able to flexibly use the small base stations to micro base stations/Acer provided by Qualcomm Station’s series of solutions to strengthen the construction of 5G network infrastructure.”
Enrique Blanco, Global Director of Systems and Networks, Telefónica, said: “At Telefónica, we believe that the current network evolution to the telecom cloud-to-end (e2e) model requires the use of virtualization technology. We are working to achieve the promise of open RAN for us Of customers provide mature 4G/5G networks with excellent scalability, flexibility and strong performance. Realization of this vision requires extensive industry collaboration with a strong ecosystem, among which Qualcomm has made a very critical contribution. We support Qualcomm’s active role in the open RAN ecosystem uses the platform and technical expertise provided by Qualcomm to help expand the growing open RAN ecosystem.”
Michele Gamberini, Chief Technology and Information Officer of TIM, said: “In 2020, our TIM Innovation Laboratory in Turin carried out important laboratory tests on open RAN technology in a multi-vendor environment. This is TIM since five years ago. The RAN (V-RAN) trial has opened up the latest milestone in the evolution of key RAN technologies. The technological evolution we are carrying out is moving towards a fully open and decoupled mobile radio access based on open source and open interfaces. All these efforts allow TIM can be at the forefront of network virtualization and automation innovation. In this process, Qualcomm’s innovative RAN platform will help build an open wireless access ecosystem, empower a new model of mobile wireless access deployment, and support total cost of ownership (TCO). ) Optimization and improve achievable performance.”
Kyle Malady, Chief Technology Officer of Verizon, said: “Verizon has always been at the forefront of developing differentiated 5G networks, and differentiated 5G networks will become the foundation for shaping future infrastructure in the 21st century. Virtualization plays a role in our new architecture. We are very pleased to see Qualcomm enter this field. Both Qualcomm and Verizon have a proven long-term innovation history, and these accumulations will accelerate the introduction of new network features into the market.”
Santiago Tenorio, Head of Network Architecture of Vodafone Group and Chairman of Telecom Infrastructure Project, said: “At Vodafone, we are committed to providing advanced technology to meet the increasing connectivity needs of customers for high-quality mobile broadband experience. With the continuous evolution of 5G, the network is becoming more Open and virtualized model transformation. We support a strong ecosystem. Qualcomm’s 5G RAN platform helps accelerate the deployment of global open RAN, which is also a positive move to ensure the implementation of flexible and interoperable network infrastructure.”
It is reported that engineering samples of the new Qualcomm 5G RAN platform are expected to be available to some network equipment manufacturers in the first half of 2022.