IBM and Airspan to collaborate on launch of 5G-enabled Open RAN testbed

The planned testbed, across the IBM Watson IoT Center in Munich (Germany) and IBM's Global Industry Solution Center (GISC) in Nice (France), is aimed at helping clients across Europe innovate and develop multi-vendor solutions designed to address different customer use case requirements, IBM said in a press release on Tuesday.


Devdiscourse News Desk | Munich | Updated: 21-09-2021 13:44 IST | Created: 21-09-2021 13:44 IST
IBM and Airspan to collaborate on launch of 5G-enabled Open RAN testbed
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IBM and Airspan Networks, a pioneer in end-to-end Open RAN solutions, have announced plans to collaborate on the launch of a 5G-enabled Open RAN testbed to showcase long-distance control over 5G-enabled edge computing.

The companies, via the planned Open RAN testbed, plan to provide partners and customers with the opportunity to collaborate, integrate and test features for next-generation campus networks

"Open approaches and standards-based technologies are vital to help unleash the full potential of 5G and edge computing. That's why, in collaboration with Airspan, we hope to work to advance emerging use cases that harness Open RAN and bring new value to telecom clients," said Marisa Viveros, Vice President of Strategy and Offerings, Telecom, Media and Entertainment Industry at IBM.

The planned testbed, across the IBM Watson IoT Center in Munich (Germany) and IBM's Global Industry Solution Center (GISC) in Nice (France), is aimed at helping clients across Europe innovate and develop multi-vendor solutions designed to address different customer use case requirements, IBM said in a press release on Tuesday.

The intended collaboration will see Airspan providing its Open RAN AirVelocity 2700 indoor radio unit and virtualized Open RAN Centralized Unit (vCU) and Distributed Unit (vDU) OpenRANGE software to help telco customers test and validate 5G private network solutions using Open RAN while IBM is expected to provide its Global Business Services technology integration services, IBM Cloud Pak for Network Automation and IBM Cloud Pak for Watson AIOps, so that customers can more efficiently manage and orchestrate edge cloud implementation and applications.

Commenting on this development, Henrik Smith-Petersen, Airspan Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, said, "Through critical collaboration with leaders like IBM and testing in these labs, which could help accelerate the development of Open RAN and 5G solutions and the open architecture ecosystem, we believe Airspan can continue to be at the forefront of innovation and industry disruption through end-to-end Open RAN solutions."

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