Following the naming of technology intelligence firm ABI Research as the leader in 5G telco cloud-native platforms competitive ranking, VMware launched its innovations for telecommunications at the Mobile World Congress 2022.
At the virtual presentation, VMWare highlighted how companies are modernizing their networks using virtual and cloud-native network functions. With network providers rolling out 5G technology across the world, telecommunications firms are choosing solutions that would enable them to deliver the services seamlessly across enterprise and consumer markets.
“When it comes to RAN modernization, service providers are moving beyond talk to action,” VMware said. “Many are in the process of transitioning to vRAN or Open RAN — or have plans to do so. And they are working with several RAN vendors to meet their specific needs.”
VMware works with a broad ecosystem of RAN vendors to test and validate the interoperability of their solutions with VMware Telco Cloud Platform RAN. It does this so that service providers do not have to. Instead, they can simply run and manage RAN functions from a variety of vendors on a platform that is built and optimized for the RAN.
In O-RAN architectures, the RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC) hosts apps that enable new capabilities such as automation, network optimization and service customization. VMware RIC hosts both near-real-time applications (xApps) and non-real-time applications (rApps) built by a growing ecosystem of third-party software developers.
Enterprise customers are actively moving modern app workloads to the edge. They are betting on 5G to accelerate this journey. And on private 5G as a foundation. That’s why VMware is working with several partners to deliver private networking solutions to service providers that they can in turn deliver to enterprise customers. VMware’s Edge Compute Stack is able to deliver a Private 5G solution.
Programmability of the network extends beyond the RAN. VMware Telco Cloud Platform enables service providers to increase the programmability of their networks and extend them to the edge. Companies also can utilize this solution to achieve their vision for 5G Mobile User Plane enablement.