ZTE has unveiled its new generation radio access network (RAN) solution - ZTE Cloud RAN. The solution is based on ZTE’s unified M-ICT platform (the integration of IT and CT service requirements). ZTE Cloud RAN is a fully virtual RAN platform, seamlessly integrating all modes of access including 2G, 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi, IoT and 5G, as well as massive connections.
In addition, the ZTE Cloud RAN is based on a platform a service (PaaS) architecture, and provides open interfaces for third parties. This enables operators to quickly deploy various services in volatile circumstances in order to build a successful ecosystem.
This solution is designed to reconstruct the wireless network based on its cloud processing platform, allowing operators to deploy networks using this new concept and develop new business values; it also helps operators fully meet future performance challenges and versatile service requirements, according to ZTE.
ZTE noted that 5G presents new challenges for the RAN, such as processing performance, coordination capability, and service deployment. The RAN therefore needs to continue evolving its architecture for the diverse use cases of the future, so as to achieve a seamless transition from 4G to 5G.
ZTE said it has signed strategic agreements with domestic and global customers to commercially deploy the ZTE Cloud RAN solution in Q2 2017.