5G infrastructure diversification and acceleration: Spanning small cells and Open vRAN

Document number: SCF256


Network architectures need to be increasingly flexible and diverse in order to support the huge number of use cases that consumers and enterprises demand. The trend away from the traditional homogeneous network has seen early adoption of two important mobile technologies in 4G and 5G, and critical enablers are small cells together with open and virtualized RAN (Open vRAN). Many of the most interesting innovations in silicon and network design have come where small cell and Open vRAN intersect.

This white paper explores getting real about Open RAN and VRAN and the need for agreed frameworks and interfaces so that a common platform can be used, ensuring diversification doesn't lead to fragmentation.

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Date Version Release
2024-05-29 SCF256.10.01 10
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