Collaboration to accelerate virtualised BBUs

13th December 2016
Source: Cavium Inc
Posted By : Daisy Stapley-Bunten

A provider of semiconductor products that enable intelligent processing for Enterprise, Telco, MSP and cloud data centers, Cavium, has announced an agreement with China Unicom to accelerate the design and development of Virtualized BBU (base band unit from the base station) and provide a path for 5G adoption. 

The collaboration will focus on commercialising vBBU systems using general purpose hardware based on Cavium’s ThunderX workload optimised data server processors which are built on ARM architecture. In addition, Cavium has joined the China Unicom CORD Industry Alliance and will drive adoption of open source architecture and technologies in China together with China Unicom.

China Unicom and Cavium will work together on new innovative fronthaul solutions, system architecture and vBBU performance and deployment. This collaboration allows Cavium to align with China Unicom’s commercial networks technology development and innovation, research feasibility of Next Generation Virtualized Wireless Access Network, perform lab and field testing, evaluate results, drive deployment of developed technologies into commercial network, carry out lab and field performance test and assessment, accelerate pilot and application of new technical innovations in real-world networks.

“We are very pleased to collaborate with China Unicom in this critical area. As network capacity continues to be stretched and the user demands continue to grow the industry is faced with significant challenges which cannot be solved by traditional means,” said Raj Singh General Manager of the Wireless Broadband Group at Cavium. “The use of advanced general purpose hardware such as Cavium’s ThunderX workload optimised data severs allows us to provide a highly scalable virtualised solution for these requirements.”

“Virtualised network based on general purpose hardware and open source technologies represents the overall direction for future network changes. China Unicom partners with Cavium, a leader in virtualised BBU technology field, to drive R&D of virtualisation products based on general purpose processors, thus laying a solid foundation for building new generation of network infrastructure,” said Dr. Tang Xiongyan, CTO of Network Technology Research Institute, China Unicom.

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