Indian 4G operator Reliance Jio said it aims to make investment in virtualized Radio Access Network (vRAN) as part of its strategy to enable the deployment of more value-add mobile services at the network edge.
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The main aim of Reliance Jio is to enhance customer experience. Reliance Jio has more than 160 million 4G subscribers in India.
vRAN is a key enabler for the creation of a dynamic multi-vendor ecosystem. Cisco, one of the technology partners of Reliance Jio, plans to form a multi-vendor ecosystem designed to accelerate the viability and adoption of Open vRAN solutions.
Cisco’s ecosystem vendor partners include Altiostar, Aricent, Intel, Mavenir, Phazr, Red Hat and Tech Mahindra.
Priorities include activities that simplify the transition to Open vRAN and software-defined mobile networks including:
# Testing and integration
# Solutions validation
# Transport evolution
# Publishing performance benchmarks
# Running Proof of Concepts (POC)
# Coordinating roadmaps for end-to-end solutions
# Creating and validating network management templates, and more
“We aim to make the Radio Access Network open and flexible, enabling the deployment of additional value-add mobile services at the network edge,” said Tareq Amin, senior vice president, Technology Development and Automation, Reliance Jio.
Yvette Kanouff, senior vice president and general manager, Cisco Service Provider Business, said: “Together with the ecosystem parties, we’re making leaps forward in developing a customer-centric ecosystem focused on accelerating innovation and enabling new business models to dramatically lower costs, add capacity and improve network performance.”