Features and Benefits
5G delivers capacity which is never possible over wireless technologies. 5G enables faster and more cost-effective deployments by reducing cabling and associated construction costs that copper and fibre-based services require today.
OPEN RAN (O-RAN)
Open standard based radio access approach, which is backward compatible with 3/4G. O-RAN is more cost effective to deploy and operate than traditional RAN rollouts. O-RAN provides customers with the choice to pick and choose vendors.
VERY LOW LATENCY
5G is designed from the ground up to support latency sensitive services and applications where it's critical for information to be processed quickly e.g. autonomous vehicles, remote surgery, online gaming and automated production lines.
A wide range vendor ecosystem and flexibility for service providers and private network operators. This stimulates competition and enables service providers and private network operators to pick and choose vendors for each part of the network - driving costs down.
Virtualised infrastructure allows network operators to disaggregate the hardware and software components and build their 5G network using standard COTS (commercial-off-the-self) hardware reducing network infrastructure build cost from 30-40%.
Most CAPEX required to build a mobile network relates to the RAN segment – up to 80% of the total network cost. Deployment costs could drop by 50% if open architecture is used and even further is VRAN is used.
Trusted and approved vendors who can provide a secure end-to-end solution. Many western governments, including Australia and the US have banned Chinese vendors due to national security concerns.
Compact, lightweight and less boxes minimises Carriers’ site related concerns. Reduced complexity, installation time on site results in cost savings and faster rollout compared to traditional propriety-based systems.
DESIGNED FOR IOT
5G supports high device density, enabling massive IoT deployments as opposed to 4G where each IoT device is considered a subscriber and reserve dedicated resources from the network infrastructure.
Why choose an O-RAN Network?
O-RAN (Open Radio Access Network), is an open standard based radio access approach that is backward compatible with 3/4G. O-RAN is more cost effective to deploy and operate than traditional RAN rollouts and provides more customer choice to pick and choose vendors for key aspects of each deployment.
It means less equipment at the radio (cell) site, as well as more centralised and virtualised based band units, which can pool resources and cost effective Cores (the brain of the network) using cloud services or COTS (commercial-off-the-shelf) servers. NEC is a member and lead player in the O-RAN Alliance, which champions these types of solutions with other key vendors operating within the ecosystem.
NEC has over a 120 years’ experience in designing and manufacturing reliable and secure telecommunication infrastructure solutions and has been selected to build the world’s first cloud native 5G network for Rakuten.