China Mobile Showcases O-RAN Solutions with Lenovo, Intel, Baicells, Nokia and ZTE

China Mobile Showcases O-RAN Solutions with Lenovo, Intel, Baicells, Nokia and ZTE Image Credit: O-RAN

Partnering with Lenovo, Intel, and Baicells, Chine Mobile(CMCC) introduced the world's first cloudified indoor pico-cell solution with 4G/5G dual-mode support, at the recent MWC.

The Operator and its partners jointly showcased the latest O-RAN research, such as a 4G/5G dual-mode, indoor pico-cell solution based on the O-RAN cloudification and white-box design, AI-driven load balancing, and quality assurance of virtual-reality(VR) services.

The solution builds upon open hardware reference design and commercial off-the-shelf IT equipment. It also features carrier-grade cloud platform software and technologies that enable full decoupling of the hardware and software. The open reference design enables unified hardware selection and facilitates scaling benefits for the hardware industry. The cloud and virtualization technologies enable better handling of tidal effects and more efficient resource utilization. As a result, this solution can achieve 4G and 5G indoor coverage at a much lower cost.

Collaborating with Nokia, CMCC demonstrated its quality assurance solution for VR services based on the O-RAN architecture. The solution performs real-time traffic classification and prediction of key quality metrics, and based on which, achieves dynamic assurance of service quality and optimization of resource allocation. Services such as VR are posing increasingly higher requirements on mobile networks. This solution enables significant improvement of user experience.

Jointly with ZTE, CMCC also showcased its AI-powered load balancing solution based on the O-RAN architecture. The solution achieves optimal load balancing via dynamic prediction of usage patterns of end-user devices. This result is of significant importance for guiding operators' network planning for scenarios such as 4G/5G heterogeneous networks. In addition, the two companies signed a MoU during the event to strengthen collaboration in areas such as O-RAN network architecture, interfaces and application scenarios, and ultimately building an open RAN intelligent controller(RIC) platform. The two companies will also jointly promote research and deployment of AI and big data technologies in wireless networks.

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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