NEC and Partners Showcase Next-Gen Network Capabilities with Open vRAN and 5G Core UPF Using Arm-based CPUs

In a collaborative effort, NEC Corporation, along with technology leaders Arm, Qualcomm, Red Hat, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), has achieved a significant milestone by successfully demonstrating the end-to-end operation of NEC’s Open virtual Radio Access Network (vRAN) and 5G Core virtual User Plane Function (vUPF) products. This demonstration, conducted in conditions resembling a commercial environment, utilized HPE ProLiant servers powered by Arm Neoverse-based CPUs and the Qualcomm X100 5G RAN Accelerator Card, all orchestrated by Red Hat OpenShift.

Optimized Performance and Sustainability for 5G Networks

NEC’s collaboration with its partners has resulted in an integrated solution that showcases optimized performance and sustainability for 5G networks. The focus of this demonstration extends to both the total cost of ownership (TCO) and power efficiency, addressing the requirements of edge and data centers in the evolving landscape of virtualized networks.

The successful demonstration validated NEC’s Open vRAN and 5G Core vUPF products as carrier-grade cloud-native applications, aligning with O-RAN Alliance and 3GPP standards. Deployed on the same server as the vCU, these products demonstrated flexibility, scalability, and compliance with industry standards.

Arm-Based Servers and Qualcomm X100 5G RAN Accelerator Card

The utilization of HPE ProLiant servers powered by Arm Neoverse-based CPUs and the Qualcomm X100 5G RAN Accelerator Card highlights the industry’s shift toward an open, multi-vendor landscape in network equipment. NEC emphasizes that this approach supports multiple servers and virtualization platforms, offering high flexibility and scalability for diverse network scenarios and configurations.

“The solution confirmed the potential to significantly reduce TCO for mobile networks by successfully demonstrating call processing and packet communication in conditions equivalent to a commercial environment,” stated NEC.

Flexibility and Portability Across Platforms

NEC’s mobile virtualization software suites, including Open vRAN and vUPF, showcased flexibility and portability across various servers and virtualization platforms during the demonstration. This adaptability reinforces NEC’s commitment to providing versatile solutions that can seamlessly integrate into different network environments.

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