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Building Canada’s First Commercial Virtualized and Open RAN

Feb. 19, 2024
Wind River Studio delivers cloud-native solutions for high-scale deployment of next-generation network infrastructure.

This article is part of the TechXchange: 5G Infrastructure.

Wind River recently announced that TELUS is using Wind River Studio for its cloud infrastructure in efforts to build Canada’s first commercial virtualized and open radio access network (RAN). One of the first virtualized Open RAN deployments in a complex, existing (brownfield), and new (greenfield) network environment, TELUS and its partners have tested both the Open RAN and virtualized RAN (vRAN) rollout in select Canadian markets. 

"TELUS is proud to lead the Canadian telecom industry by integrating our 5G network with Open RAN technology, marking a significant milestone in our journey," said Bernard Bureau, Vice President of Wireless Strategy and Services at TELUS. "This breakthrough promises transformative benefits for our business, from cost and energy savings to the enablement of new applications and improved customer experiences. Achieving this was made possible through our collaboration with Wind River, underlining our commitment to innovation and excellence."

“TELUS is driving innovation in its market with this tremendous milestone. Wind River is proud to collaborate with TELUS and major ecosystem partners to further advance Open RAN. As a leader in the telecom landscape that powers the majority of 5G vRAN/Open RAN deployments with global operators, our Wind River Studio capabilities deliver cloud-native solutions that enable the high-scale deployment of next-generation network infrastructure for service providers worldwide,” said Paul Miller, Chief Technology Officer at Wind River.

Leveraging the open-source StarlingX project, Wind River Studio offers a cloud-native architecture for the development, deployment, operations, and servicing of distributed edge networks at scale. It provides a foundation for managing a geographically distributed network, simplifying operations with a single-pane-of-glass, zero-touch automated solution. Studio addresses the complex challenge of deploying and managing cloud-native infrastructure for core-to-edge distributed cloud networks.

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