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Qualcomm and NEC develop 5G O-RAN compliant solution to commercialise 5G deployment

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Semiconductor company Qualcomm and NEC are collaborating to develop a 5G open and virtualised distributed unit powered by Qualcomm’s X100 5G RAN Accelerator card to drive transition towards modern networks.

The solution will be developed under the 5G Open RAN Ecosystem (OREC) initiative, led by NTT Docomo, with the objective to globally accelerate open RAN.

The partnership will see both companies redefine how mobile networks are designed, Qualcomm says. Network operators find it difficult to deploy cost-effective 5G network infrastructure while answering to the complexities and demands of next-generation networks.

Qualcomm Technologies and NEC are addressing these issues by developing an O-RAN compliant solution to simplify and lower the total cost of ownership of 5G deployments.

“The development of 5G open and virtualized DU solutions will help drive our OREC activities to make 5G RAN deployment more open and flexible with industry leaders,” NTT Docomo general manager radio access network development department Sadayuki Abeta says.

NEC general manager, 2nd wireless access solutions division Katsumi Tanoue says the integration of 5G RAN platforms within NEC O-RAN products will provide a tremendous advantage.

“The Qualcomm X100 5G RAN Accelerator Card aims to deliver lower power and best in class performance to meet the performance demands at the edge and capture new revenue opportunities,” Tanoue says.

“Joining forces with NEC is at the heart of advancing the cellular ecosystem and accelerating the innovation cycle to enable the fast track of deploying modern networks at scale,” concludes Qualcomm senior vice president and general manager 5G mobile broadband and infrastructure Durga Malladi.

This first appeared in the subscription newsletter CommsWire on 5 November 2021.

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