Navigating Open RAN’s economic shift: Intel and Rakuten Symphony announce webinar

Mehran Hadipour
VP Global Business Development and Alliances, Symworld Cloud
Rakuten Symphony
February 16, 2024
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As we step into the era of 5G, the cellular landscape is undergoing a transformative shift. While the technology accelerates, the conventional infrastructure remains entrenched in custom-built, closed proprietary hardware, creating bottlenecks with high cost, extended lead times and operational complexities.

A new approach to telecom

Open RAN was introduced as one of the most crucial components in the evolution of networks. Rakuten Symphony and Rakuten Mobile have come together to deploy the world’s first open, software-based large-scale development that helps resolve the challenges of a traditional RAN. This revolutionary approach empowers the industry to break free from vendor lock-in, offering the flexibility to choose best-of-breed solutions for a particular network’s needs.

Cloud’s crucial role in Open RAN economics

Nevertheless, the journey to Open RAN is not without its challenges, particularly with the economic impact of 5G on CAPEX and OPEX. To redefine the traditional paradigm of mobile network planning and operation, Rakuten developed a Horizontal Telco Cloud and Orchestration solution that solves complex issues for delivering a disaggregated ORAN. This innovative solution features a unified cloud infrastructure from cell sites to central data centers, with integrated Orchestrator for streamlining the entire network infrastructure and operations.

In the realm of Open RAN economics, cloud plays a pivotal role in enabling operators to achieve greater operational efficiencies, accelerate time-to-market, and lower the total cost of ownership. By shifting towards a cloud-native architecture, operators can realize significant cost savings through reduced capital expenditure, simplified network management and enhanced agility in adapting to evolving market demands.

Intel and Rakuten Symphony are at the forefront of this transformation. The upcoming webinar, "Technologies for Lowering the TCO for Open RAN and Edge," promises a comprehensive exploration of Intel's embedded acceleration and Rakuten Symphony's Cloud-Native Platform for delivering Open RAN. The webinar will offer valuable insights into the pivotal role of the telco cloud in augmenting network performance and cost efficiency within an Open RAN deployment.

Mark your calendars for the webinar, scheduled for Tuesday, Feb 20, 2024, from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST. For more details and to secure your spot, visit this link.

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