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Altera, China Mobile demo C-RAN for 5G

05 Mar 2015

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At the 2015 Mobile World Congress, Altera Corporation and China Mobile demonstrated their next-generation Centralised/Coordinated/Cloud Radio Access Network (C-RAN) platform designed for virtualised 5G wireless networks.

The platform can improve the end user experience, achieve higher channel capacity and spectrum efficiency, reduce the network power consumption, and support agile network deployments. C-RAN, the companies claim, will create new business models for network operators and applications for 5G network end users.

Visitors to the China Mobile booth (Hall 3 Stand 3A10) at the Mobile World Congress can experience the mobile broadband service (voice, data and video calls) delivered by this virtualised platform with live service migration support from server to server. This demonstrates the concept of Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV) within the C-RAN context.

The strategic collaboration, formally established between Altera and China Mobile Research Institute (CMRI) in 2014, has achieved a milestone with this innovative wireless network solution. This solution can provide future 5G networks the benefits of lower power consumption, lower total operating costs and higher scalability than current wireless networks.

To accelerate the development and deployment of such next-generation wireless networks, FPGA technologies play a key role in data processing acceleration, component connectivity and front-haul data transportation in the C-RAN system.

"It has been nearly five years since CMRI first introduced the C-RAN concept to the industry, and there is now wide recognition within the industry that this solution is essential for 5G networks," said Chih-Lin I, chief scientist, China Mobile Research Institute.

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