Accelleran dRAX™ and Accelleran Radio Units enable ONF Aether™ first Open Source Platform for 5G/LTE Edge-Cloud-as-a-Service

Accelleran dRAX™ together with Accelleran Radio Units enable ONF’s Aether. The Open Networking Foundation (ONF) announced last March, Aether™ – the first open source platform for delivering Enterprise 5G/LTE-Edge-Cloud-as-a-Service.

Aether provides mobile connectivity and edge cloud services for distributed enterprise networks, all provisioned and managed from a centralized cloud. Based on open source components and optimized for cloud deployments, Aether simultaneously supports deployment on licensed (4G/5G) and unlicensed (CBRS) spectrum. Aether is easy to deploy, highly scalable and designed for rapid edge service onboarding in a multi-cloud environment. Aether is a key enabling platform for enterprise digital transformation and is making possible a wide range of new business models for how enterprise networks are built, deployed and operated.

At the Edge of the ONF´s Aether components sits, implementing vRAN CU functions, the Accelleran dRAX™ Intelligent Control Plane vRAN solution controlling the cluster of Radio Units.

For further uinformation see ONF press release.


The Accelleran dRAX™ 5G disaggregated O-RAN aligned vRAN platform

At the centre of the 5GCity RAN platform sits the Accelleran dRAX™ Intelligent Control Plane vRAN solution controlling the cluster of Accelleran Radio Units.


dRAX™ Key Features are:

  • O-RAN Aligned vRAN

The Accelleran dRAX™ vRAN platform delivers a true multi-vendor, disaggregated and open virtualized RAN Intelligent Control Plane, aligned with the O-RAN Alliance. Implementing CUPS, the user and control planes are fully decoupled. Support for 3rd party RUs, DUs & e/gNB encourage an open disaggregated eco-system to brin innovative 4G/5G products to commercial market at price points never seen before in the industry.

  • Cloud-Native NFV/SDN vRAN

The lightweight dRAX™ components are cloud-native VNFs, available as containers (Docker for Kubernetes) and VMs (Openstack). Functional deployment at the RU, edge or cloud can be decided by orchestration at run-time.

  • Open Orchestration & Data APIs

dRAX™ is open. Orchestration supports the industry preferred NFV/SDN framework APIs above and the NIB (Network Information Base) data APIs support industry standards and best practices (NFV/SDN, O-RAN, OAM, 3GPP, Netconf/Yang, …).

  • 4G today, roadmap to 5G SA

dRAX™ is field-proven today for 4G LTE M2M and IoT roll-outs. A committed roadmap, in development today, towards 5G NSA (r15) and aligned with the O-RAN Alliance architecture evolution is just a software update away. 5G SA (r16) will follow shortly afterwards then r17.

  • Extensible RIC xApps

Extending the dRAX™ RIC via xApps and accessing the control plane NIB ‘big data’ is ongoing through our by partners and 3rd parties, bringing added-value and enabling vRAN innovation.

  • Mission Critical Quality

The dRAX™ RIC and control plane are mission-critical grade software developed to Accelleran’s exacting software standards and methodologies.