NEC launches Open Radio Access Networks (RAN) software suite: a virtualized CU/DU solution

NEC Corporation has recently launched its open virtualized RAN software suite. This suite is part of the company’s history of technological commitment to improving Open Radio Access Networks (RAN).

NEC Open Networks is an ecosystem that provides operators with choice in every category with solutions and services from both NEC and its partners in Open RAN radio units, software, open transport, converged packet core, automation, and orchestration.

This new vCU/vDU software suite guarantees migration from 4G to 5G. It also ensures standards based interfaces for integration with ORAN Radio Units (O-RUs) and other components of the multi-vendor ecosystem. The virtualized CU/DU features pre-integrated NEC radio units, core, and transport blueprints, and is also certified with a range of third-party RUs.

NEC’s cloud-native vCU/vDU software suite is open and automated for deployment and consolidated operation, supporting 3GPP and O-RAN interfaces on private and public cloud infrastructure. This system enables flexible control over resource allocation in the RAN and is designed for easy integration with the O-RAN defined near-Real Time RAN Intelligent Controller. This allows the embedded vCU/vDU control logic with Artificial Intelligent (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) to optimize RAN network performance.

NEC’s Service Management and Orchestration (SMO) feature-set complements NEC’s OvRAN offering with the NEC RAN Domain Orchestrator Suite.

“NEC is committed to being radically open, allowing customers to select the best solutions for their needs,” said Patrick Lopez, NEC’s vice president of product management for 5G. “We’re giving our customers another option of a pre-integrated, automated vCU/vDU solution to define their RAN blueprints while benefiting from a virtualized Open RAN compliant system. The NEC OvRAN vCU/vDU software suite is built to bring operators into the cloud native world with no compromise on performance or quality.”

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