What’s New: Intel today announced it has collaborated on a new 5G infrastructure reference design that enables communications service providers (CoSPs) to quickly deploy new revenue-producing services. Utilizing pre-integrated and commercially available components from various partners, the Intel® 5G infrastructure reference design serves as a blueprint for customers to rapidly deploy a software-defined, cloud-enabled, agile 5G-ready network that supports use cases including virtual, merged and augmented reality, smart retail, industrial automation, the Internet of Things, and cloud gaming.
“This virtualized, cloud-ready reference design offers the communications industry a path to 5G, allowing CoSPs to speed deployment of new services and jump-start their development of edge computing and services. It reduces the time to market thanks to pre-integrated components for interoperability and proven technology from Intel.”
–Caroline Chan, vice president and general manager of the Communications Infrastructure Division in Intel’s Data Center Group
Why It’s Important: Continuing to build on the momentum to move the industry forward with open platforms and industry standards, the new reference design delivers efficiencies that will speed deployment of revenue-creating services to businesses and consumers. By allowing customers to centralize the management of network resources with dynamic workload processing and unified cloud orchestration, the reference design provides a fast path to 5G.
How It Works: As the communications industry moves toward 5G, Intel provides this reference design for the supply chain of integrators, ODMs, OEMs, TEMs and ISVs, allowing them to develop commercial solutions for deployment by CoSPs on an open architecture that is scalable and flexible. The set of pre-integrated solutions includes:
- End-to-end virtualized radio access network (vRAN) stack based on the Intel FlexRAN reference architecture
- Wind River Titanium Cloud* software
- Radisys* Layer 2 and 3 software
- Mavenir* virtualized evolved packet core (vEPC)
- Amdocs* network functions virtualization (NFV) technology powered by the Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP), with real-time orchestration of the Intel FlexRAN-based vNFs and full visualization of the end-to-end network
See It in Action: Experience the reference design in a 4K video streaming smart stadium demo at 5G World, June 12-14 in London, at Intel’s stand, 5G400.
More Context: Read the Amdocs partner blog about the 5G reference design. Components of the reference design are available today via ONAP and partners, including Amdocs.
Read the blog by Caroline Chan, vice president and general manager of the Communications Infrastructure Division in Intel’s Data Center Group. Chan covers compelling use cases and the underlying innovations that span the core, access and edge of the network.