Mobily Saudi Arabia Deploys Alcatel-Lucent Virtualised RAN
Published on: 27th May 2014
Mobily Saudi Arabia has announced the first deployment of virtualized radio access network (RAN) software from Alcatel Lucent's Network Function Virtualization (NFV) portfolio.
Specifically, Mobily is deploying Alcatel-Lucent's 9771 Wireless Cloud Element Radio Network Controller (WCE RNC).
Alcatel-Lucent's WCE RNC is part of the recently announced suite of Virtualized network functions. The NFV portfolio combines the company's networking technical acumen with its cloud capabilities.
Running virtual radio network control functions over open, carrier-grade platforms is expected to provide considerable advantages over traditional approaches greatly facilitates advanced RNC requirements for geo-redundancy, near zero downtime maintenance and software upgrades, load balancing, and dynamic reconfiguration.
This new platform underpins Alcatel-Lucent's virtualized LTE RAN activities which most recently included a proof of concept demonstration with China Mobile at Mobile World Congress 2014.