20 Jul ACCELLERAN JOINS M-CORD FOR 5G
ANTWERP, Belgium, 29 May 2017. Accelleran, – a provider of LTE Small Cell software and product solutions for the mobile network industry – today announced its new membership of the M-CORD consortium (https://wiki.opencord.org/display/CORD/Mobile+CORD) as collaborator.
Accelleran has focused several years of development on a scalable and fully abstract RAN Control Plane. This software defined control plane is the vital component to enable a truly flexible RAN that can be adapted to any use-case, while optimizing capacity, independent of the RAN Hardware.
M-CORD (http://opencord.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/MWC-M-CORD-WP-Short-Final.pdf) is an open source reference solution built on the pillars of open source Software Defined Networking (SDN), Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and cloud technologies. M-CORD integrates disaggregated and virtualized Radio Access Network (RAN) and core functions of the wireless network as well as multi-access edge (MEC) applications together programmatically in a scalable micro services-like architecture. In short, M-CORD is paving the way for 5G. Cavium, also an M-CORD member, provides silicon and lower layer technology for Accelleran’s existing eLNB products.
“The M-CORD consortium saw great value in our unique RAN control plane approach, complementing the strengths of the existing solution. We see a win-win opportunity to accelerate our 5G positioning”, said Frédéric Van Durme, CEO of Accelleran.
In 5G, the newer use-cases (apart from just bigger pipes), like low latency, low power, Quality of Service (QoS), require slicing throughout the RAN and core to differentiate the services and to enable the disruptive business use-cases like Neutral Host for Smart Cities, private networks, etc. RAN slicing is key in this as are the newer frequencies like 3.5 GHz LTE-TDD that Accelleran have been pioneering.
“5G will be so complex and the winning architectures are still so uncertain that agile iteration, quick prototyping & evaluation of solutions is the only way to succeed in these market conditions. M-CORD collaboration allows us to do that even quicker”, added Frédéric Van Durme.
“We’ve been impressed by what the Accelleran guys are doing and see great complementary benefits to M-CORD by having them onboard”, said Oguz Sunay, Chief Architect of M-CORD and CTO of Argela.
Founded by a team of industry veterans in December 2012, Accelleran is pioneering a disruptive approach to the delivery of cost-effective, carrier and mission-critical grade TDD and FDD Small Cell networks through its focus on software quality and partnerships with volume manufacturers.
Accelleran provides LTE Small Cell software and LTE Small Cell product solutions that address the real-world challenges of volume deployment of Small Cells. We offer turnkey solutions and unique experience of the challenges of integrating cellular technology on low cost, yet powerful platforms and architectures. Accelleran offers its customers a solid and dependable system solution, backed by the support of our unparalleled expertise.
For more information, please visit: http://www.accelleran.com
About CORD Project
CORD® (Central Office Re-architected as a Datacenter) brings datacenter economics and cloud flexibility to the telco Central Office and to the entire access network. CORD is an open source service delivery platform that combines SDN, NFV, and elastic cloud services to network operators and service providers. It integrates ONOS, OpenStack, Docker, and XOS—all running on merchant silicon, white-box switches, commodity servers, and disaggregated access devices. The CORD reference implementation serves as a platform for multiple domains of use, with open source communities building innovative services for residential, mobile, and enterprise network customers. The CORD ecosystem comprises ON.Lab and organizations that are funding and contributing to the CORD initiative. These organizations include AT&T, China Unicom, Comcast, Google, NTT Communications Corp., SK Telecom Co. Ltd., Verizon, Ciena Corporation, Cisco Systems, Inc., Fujitsu Ltd., Intel Corporation, NEC Corporation, Nokia, Radisys and Samsung Electronics, Co. See the full list of members, including CORD’s collaborators, and learn how you can get involved with CORD at http://www.opencord.org/.
CORD is an independently funded software project hosted by The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit advancing professional open source management for mass collaboration to fuel innovation across industries and ecosystems.
Open Networking Lab (ON.Lab) has created the leading open source platforms CORD® (Central Office Re-architected as a Datacenter) and ONOS® (Open Network Operating System (ONOS) for service providers. Founded by SDN’s inventors and leaders to foster an open source community to realize the full potential of SDN, ON.Lab brings innovative ideas from leading edge research and delivers high-quality open source platforms on which members of its ecosystem can build solutions. For further information, visit http://onlab.us/.