The idea is to accelerate the deployment of 4G/5G Open virtualised RAN solutions.
The combined solution is intended to help service providers deploy fully integrated open, cloud-based virtualised RAN solutions based on technologies created by Cisco and Altiostar.
The solutions are to be brought to market using the sales, integration and deployment capabilities of World Wide Technology (WWT).
"Innovation in mobile networking and open virtualized RAN is continuing at a rapid pace," said Bob Everson, Senior Director of 5G Architecture, Cisco. "Most service providers need help accelerating the integration and adoption of open vRAN to realise these benefits.
We are helping to eliminate this gap and enable operators to adopt new, open architectures to increase their competitiveness."
The open, cloud-based virtualised RAN blueprint consists of infrastructure software and hardware from Cisco, including its Cisco Virtual Infrastructure Manager (CVIM) platform, Ultra Packet Core, and Converged SDN Transport.
Altiostar’s 4G and 5G open vRAN software is included, which supports open interfaces and disaggregates the radio hardware from the radio software.
The Open vRAN blueprint will be validated in WWT’sAdvanced Technology Center, which is equipped with about $1 billion in hardware and software, and works with its global integration centers in Mumbai, Singapore, St. Louis, and Amsterdam.