The announcement follows a series of “successful customer trials” by Nokia,, including end-to-end 5G data calls over sub-6GHz frequency bands, with fully cloudified base station.
Nokia’s first-generation 5G AirScale Cloud RAN based on vRAN1.0, which has a virtualised Central Unit (vCU), has been in commercial operation on a mmWave network in the US trials since early 2019.
Since the trials Nokia says it has evolved the solution to vRAN2.0 configuration with a Distributed Unit (DU) running on General Purpose Processor (x86)-based computing with hardware acceleration in Layer 1 (L1).
Nokia says it has now successfully completed end-to-end 5G data calls in a full end-to-end system consisting of Nokia Cloud Packet Core, Nokia 5G AirScale Cloud RAN in vRAN2.0 configuration with full baseband in Cloud, Nokia Fronthaul Gateway, and a commercial 5G device.
“The next-generation Nokia 5G AirScale Cloud RAN is a true innovation that will transform mobile networks and provide operators with the flexibility they need to meet the customer demands in the evolving 5G era,” said Tommi Uitto, President of Mobile Networks at Nokia.
“Its flexible architecture offers speed, coverage, capacity and low latency as well as the opportunity to generate revenues immediately.”
“Cloud RAN has the potential to fundamentally transform mobile networks, making them more agile and dynamic and allowing operators to be more nimble in activating new services and revenue streams,” says Ed Gubbins, Principal Analyst at GlobalData.
“Nokia has been more proactive and consistent in driving Cloud RAN technology than its peers, and the launch of its fully cloudified 5G AirScale Cloud RAN solution is only the latest example of its commitment.”