Alca-Lu and China Mobile conduct virtualised radio access network field trial

14 Jul 2015

China Mobile and French-US vendor Alcatel-Lucent have conducted what they claim is the industry’s first field trial of a virtualised radio access network-based architecture based on network functions virtualisation (NFV) technology. Announcing the development via press release, the duo said they had carried out the trial at Beijing’s Tisinghua University with a view to demonstrating ‘the flexibility, scalability, cost and energy-efficiency of Alcatel-Lucent’s vRAN and NFV technologies for meeting the dynamically changing demands for access from an ever increasing number of applications and devices, people and machines’. In the trial Alca-Lu’s vRAN technology was deployed throughout the 442 hectares of the Tisinghua University campus, providing both indoor and outdoor coverage. Further, the trial was also said to represent ‘an important step in the path towards 5G networks’.

China, Alcatel-Lucent, China Mobile