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Fast Track for 5G Transformation via Open Radio Access Networks

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 Fast Track for 5G Transformation via Open Radio Access Networks - IoT ONE Case Study
Technology Category
  • Networks & Connectivity - 5G
  • Networks & Connectivity - Radio Access Network
Applicable Industries
  • Buildings
  • Telecommunications
Applicable Functions
  • Maintenance
  • Product Research & Development
Use Cases
  • Visual Quality Detection
Services
  • Software Design & Engineering Services
  • Testing & Certification
The Challenge
A global Network Equipment Provider (NEP) was facing a challenge in improving the efficiency of software development and maintenance of Radio Unit products. The transformation to 5G and the increasing device connectivity introduced new 5G radio frequency bands, antenna types, and varying physical radio unit packages. This led to an increase in the number of required Radio Unit products. The NEP wanted to ensure a faster time-to-market and efficient software maintenance for the Radio Unit portfolio.
The Customer
About The Customer
The customer is a global Network Equipment Provider (NEP) who is extending its Open RAN portfolio. The NEP was looking for a solution to improve the efficiency of software development and maintenance of Radio Unit products due to the transformation to 5G and the increasing device connectivity. The NEP wanted to ensure a faster time-to-market and efficient software maintenance for the Radio Unit portfolio. The software development contribution helped the NEP to capture more market shares in the growing Open RAN market.
The Solution
The solution involved defining a modular software architecture that would support software development and maintenance for the NEP's portfolio of Radio Unit products. The software architecture for Open Radio Access Network (Open RAN) Radio Unit was based on a service-oriented approach that decoupled software modules as much as possible. The team also delivered software development of the modules that were generic to all Radio Unit products, as well as some product-specific development work. The solution was modular and based on service-oriented architecture enabling a high degree of re-use. The team also took on roles in project management, program coordination, and test coordination.
Operational Impact
  • The solution provided by the team led to faster product development due to the modular solution enabling a high degree of re-use when developing new radio unit products. The architectural framework also supported product-specific needs. The ability to swap modules or model-driven interfaces towards the RAN/OSS enabled integrations in multi-vendor environments, providing high value for Open RAN products. The service-based architecture framework and reusable modules guided software development and improved software quality. The team also took on roles in project management, program coordination, and test coordination, further enhancing the operational efficiency.
Quantitative Benefit
  • Faster product development due to the modular solution enabling a high degree of re-use when developing new radio unit products.
  • Improved adaptability with the ability to swap modules or model-driven interfaces towards the RAN/OSS, enabling integrations in multi-vendor environments.
  • Improved software quality due to a service-based architecture framework and reusable modules.

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