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Economic advantages of virtualizing the RAN in mobile operators’ infrastructures

White Paper Published By: Red Hat APAC
Red Hat APAC
Published:  Apr 06, 2020
Type:  White Paper
Length:  9 pages

Communications service providers (CSPs) are engaged in a strategic evolution of their infrastructures. Findings from ACG Research indicate that distributed virtual infrastructures for CSPs will benefit materially from the use of elastic, horizontal cloud designs.

















Key insights include:

  • Virtualized system infrastructures will be increasingly critical in CSPs' deployments from core to edge as mobile networks grow and 5G implementations begin.
  • Horizontally integrated telco clouds enable a 30% lower total cost of ownership (TCO) than silo-based deployments in 4G core applications.
  • Centralized virtualized radio access network (vRAN) architectures enable up to 44% lower TCO than conventional distributed RANs.
  • Compared with do-it-yourself approaches, Red Hat's supported open source solutions for telco cloud deployments have shown improved TCO advantages of up to 35%.
  • Next-generation 5G will rely on virtualized cloud-native distributed infrastructures using containerized networking apps and modular microservices, increasing the value of open horizontal cloud platforms.



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