Turkcell, Netsia Demo RAN Slicing in Private LTE Network

Turkcell, Netsia Demo RAN Slicing in Private LTE Network Image Credit: Netsia

Turkcell has completed the integration of Netsia’s Virtual LTE RAN Platform into Turkcell’s Network Labs located in Istanbul.

RAN slicing constitutes the cornerstone of any end-to-end slicing initiative, as radio resources are ultimately the basic building blocks to be shared (or sliced) among users, said Netsia.

Netsia and Turkcell have worked towards integrating Netsia’s platform into Turkcell’s Labs, reproducing a Private LTE network with the ability to be sub-divided into multiple slices which, at RAN level, can offer different performances, latencies, and radio resources to different sets of customers.

The result of such integration demonstrates that SDN/NFV techniques can be successfully applied to the RAN, hence completing the last piece of the puzzle towards an effective end-to-end network slicing, said Netsia.

Netsia, a technology startup based in Sunnyvale (California) and a subsidiary of Argela, is actively working on programmable Software-Defined RAN Virtualization for 5G and has developed ProgRAN, a programmable Software Defined Network (SDN)-based Radio Access Network framework.

ProgRAN virtualizes the wireless channel resources, as well as the radio resource management modules, in base stations, allowing a remote controller to “slice the network” into multiple virtual sub-networks. 

End of last year, Telefónica and Netsia completed the integration of Netsia’s Virtual LTE RAN Platform into Telefónica’s Global Network Labs located in Madrid.

Gediz Sezgin, EVP Network Technologies, Turkcell
The integration of Netsia’s Virtual LTE RAN Platform into a commercial LTE core in our Labs is an important step forward to demonstrate that an end-to-end network slicing for 5G networks is possible, from the core to the RAN, and how it can be applied to specific service environments, like that of a virtual Private LTE network.

Oguz Oktay, VO Wireless Solutions, Netsia 
We have developed ProgRAN as the core technology for the rapid evolution of the telecom networks into multi-purpose networks that will meet the requirements of not only a wide range of user and device characteristics, but also a wide variety of services for many vertical sectors - including those yet to be present. 

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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