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Cloud-Native OpenRAN Software Delivers 5G Scalability

June 21, 2021
Accelleran's containerized, cloud-native software components deliver openness and intelligence to Radio Access Networks, providing an IT OpDevs-centric approach to OpenRAN deployments.

Staying true to its mission of delivering embedded, edge, or cloud-based radio-access-network (RAN) software, Accelleran has released its 5G Standalone dRAX cloud-native OpenRAN software components. Comprising reliable, cost-effective, and exceptionally scalable implementations for both 4G and 5G networks, dRAX performs the key control and resource management functions of the RAN, including service orchestration, RIC (RAN intelligent controller), CU-CP (centralized unit control plane), and CU-UP (centralized unit user plane). Built with cloud-native and microservice-based software components, dRAX enables real-world deployment of multi-vendor, disaggregated OpenRAN, aligned with open standards such as the O-RAN Alliance.

Fully integrated with popular orchestration platforms such as Kubernetes, dRAX supports cost-effective deployments by leveraging standard IT DevOps and CI/CD (continuous integration/continuous deployment) practices. Along with this ease of implementation, the dRAX RIC offers a production-ready OpenRAN development platform, enabling real-time RAN data to be leveraged to create AI-based xApps and enhanced RAN intelligence and automation.

“The economics of 5G are not easily achieved with existing 3G/4G technology,” said Accelleran’s CEO, Frédéric Van Durme. “The only viable way is to disaggregate the access network and to decouple the hardware and software.”

dRAX’s scalability supports everything from small-scale office deployments to large-scale solutions with multi-node clustering, load balancing, geo-redundancy, and edge services, benefitting mobile network operators, neutral host operators and system integrators alike. Developers can either integrate dRAX software components into their own solutions or leverage Accelleran's capability to deliver turnkey OpenRAN networks.

“Accelleran’s approach with dRAX is unique in the marketplace, unleashing the full potential of OpenRAN by addressing several key requirements for organizations deploying private networks in different verticals,” says Van Durme. “Our customers can build dRAX into their solutions or they can benefit from our expertise in pre-integrating dRAX with a range of DU, RU, and core solutions from our partners within the OpenRAN ecosystem.”

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