BT Collaborates with Cavium, Lays Groundwork for Future 5G Deployments

By CIOReview | Thursday, February 11, 2016

SAN JOSE, CA: BT, a provider of communications services and solutions, has announced that it will soon release ‘Cloud Radio Access Network’ (C-RAN) cellular network service over copper. The company has made this announcement after the successful experimentation of technology in collaboration with Cavium, a semiconductor manufacturer.

In addition, both the companies have also verified that they can provide cellular data over copper lines at speeds of 150-200Mbps, which diminishes the mobile investors’ investment in expensive, high capacity backhaul links over devoted fibre connections.

“We are very excited to collaborate with BT, using Cavium OCTEON Fusion-M basestation and ThunderX server processor technology to validate this new class of Radio Access application with technology. Our successful testing has laid the groundwork for enabling LTE deployments today and 5G deployments in the future using,” explains Raj Singh, General Manger, Cavium Wireless Broadband Group.

C-RAN, also known as Centralized-RAN, is a new design for future cellular networks. It is a cloud computing-based structural architecture for radio access networks that supports 2G, 3G, 4G and the future wireless communication standards. Delivered over, it offers an economic “fronthaul” connection between the base station and the mobile operators’ core network, which decreases the cost of operation for mobile operators building out 4G networks and 5G architectures in the future.

“Using to deliver a cellular network is an exciting breakthrough for C-RAN. These technologies will play a key role in 4G networks and will be fundamental to 5G architectures,” concludes Dr. Tim Whitley, MD for Research & Innovation, BT.