How? With a new 5G infrastructure reference design.
That may sound ho-hum, but it’s not. This reference design enables communications service providers (CSPs) and others to quickly deploy commercial, revenue-producing 5G services.
And once 5G becomes a viable business, the high-speed, low-latency networking standard will likely spread like wildfire.
Working with partners
Intel’s new 5G infrastructure reference design uses pre-integrated, commercially available components from several of the company’s partners.
That’s important, because it enables CSPs to use the design as a kind of blueprint for deploying their own software-defined, cloud-based 5G-ready networks.
Once those networks are up and running, a wide range of use cases can be unleashed. These could include the Internet of Things, virtual and augmented reality, smart retail systems and industrial automation.
So how will this work? Intel plans to provide the 5G reference design to anyone in the 5G supply chain. That means not just CSPs, but also integrators, OEMs, independent software vendors (ISVs) and others.
Intel is working with partners to move 5G closer to reality
As mentioned, the new 5G reference design includes a set of pre-integrated solutions. Intel says these solutions include:
> An end-to-end virtual radio access network (vRAN) stack based on the Intel FlexRAN reference architecture;
> Wind River’s Titanium Cloud software, a suite of virtualization software products designed to provide the infrastructure for applications such as telecom networks;
> Radisys’ Layer 2 and 3 software;
> Mavenir’s virtualized evolved packet core (vEPC), designed for virtualized environments;
> 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.
And it’s a lot more than talk. Intel is this week giving demos of the 5G reference design on an x86 server at the 5G World conference in London.
A new reference design might sound boring. But a big move toward real-world 5G? That’s anything but.