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NVIDIA and Ericsson to accelerate virtualized 5G radio access networks with GPUs

By Aaron Yip - on 22 Oct 2019, 1:37pm

NVIDIA and Ericsson to accelerate virtualized 5G radio access networks with GPUs

At the Mobile World Congress 2019 in Los Angeles, NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang announced that the company will be collaborating with Ericsson to help telco operators to build and deploy high-performing, efficient and completely virtualized 5G radio access networks (RAN). These virtualized networks can better utilise the boost in bandwidth for applications, like cloud gaming, virtual reality and augmented reality. They will also enable faster and more flexible introduction of new AI and IoT services to 5G networks.

Telcos have been exploring alternative technologies and RAN architectures amid growing interest for virtualization, while securing the best possible user experience. The virtualized networks will run in the wireless infrastructure closest to the consumers, making them ideally suited to bring AI services at the edge, NVIDIA claimed.

A major industry challenge is how to virtualize the complete RAN solution that is more cost, size and energy-efficient, as compared with traditionally built RAN networks. The NVIDIA-Ericsson partnership seeks to examine how these challenges can be addressed in a commercially viable way.

5G is set to turbocharge the intelligent edge revolution. Fusing 5G, supercomputing and AI has enabled us to create a revolutionary communications platform supporting, someday, trillions of always-on, AI-enabled smart devices. Combining our world-leading capabilities, NVIDIA and Ericsson are helping to invent this exciting future. - Jensen Huang, CEO, NVIDIA

As a technology leader, we embrace openness and new platforms where we can continue to innovate and push boundaries to provide our customers with the best possible solutions. With NVIDIA we will jointly look at bringing alternatives to market for virtualizing the complete radio access network. - Fredrik Jejdling, Executive Vice President and Head of Networks at Ericsson

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