Cavium and China Unicom collaborate on virtualized RAN

January 19, 2017 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Cavium, Inc., has announced an agreement with China Unicom to accelerate the design and development of Virtualized BBU and provide a path for 5G adoption.

The collaboration will focus on commercializing vBBU systems using general purpose hardware based on Cavium's ThunderX® workload optimized data server processors which are built on ARM architecture. In addition, Cavium has joined the China Unicom CORD Industry Alliance and will drive adoption of open source architecture and technologies in China together with China Unicom.

China Unicom and Cavium will work together on new innovative fronthaul systems, system architecture and vBBU performance and deployment. This collaboration allows Cavium to align with China Unicom's commercial networks technology development and innovation, research feasibility of Next Generation Virtualized Wireless Access Network, perform lab and field testing, evaluate results, drive deployment of developed technologies into commercial network, carry out lab and field performance test and assessment, accelerate pilot and application of new technical innovations in real-world networks.