Cloud-Native Software-Defined Orchestration of Open RAN(ORAN)
Legacy Radio Access Networks (RAN) were intentionally designed using closed and proprietary architectures that locked operators to a particular vendor, for both radio and supporting hardware (baseband units). Open RAN or O-RAN is a game-changing RAN evolution combining RAN functionality with cloud-native design, scale and automation.
O-RAN decouples software from hardware and moves the industry to a cloud-native model. The key functionality is provided by software known as Network Functions (NFs) that run on virtually any Consumer Off The Shelf (COTS) server. The cloud-native model lends itself to, and has co-evolved with, workflow orchestration and network automation that can deploy, scale and heal without intervention. This is extremely beneficial for remote locations that have historically required expensive truck rolls.