ASOCS, Wind River target bulk deployment of virtual base stations
ASOCS Ltd, a solution provider of virtual base stations, has joined forces with Wind River, a software provider for intelligent connected systems, to allow faster and more reliable mass market deployments of virtual base stations.
Service providers are adopting the ETSI ISG network functions virtualisation (NFV) architectures in order to speed the deployment of new value-added services while significantly reducing network capital and operating expenses. The virtualisation of the mobile base station itself is the last bastion of proprietary and expensive hardware, preventing networks from maximising the benefits of data centre type network topology.
In many ways, the base station is just another appliance to be virtualised in the NFV era. Similar to other network functions, it needs to comply with the fundamental approach as outlined in the ETSI NFV framework. Yet, virtualising a base station presents tremendous challenges, specifically in adhering to real time performance processing that is so critical in wireless broadband 4G/5G technologies.
ASOCS's virtual base station, based on its advanced modem processing unit (MPU) solution and modem programing language (MPL) for baseband and signal-processing as a service (SPaaS) approach combined with Wind River Linux, a commercial-grade embedded Linux platform, present a breakthrough in data plane performance of the mobile base station. Together with Wind River Linux, The ASOCS' base station also employs Wind River Open Virtualisation, which delivers high performance, open-source, real-time kernel virtualisation (KVM) technologies.
"Virtual base stations are poised to displace the current hardware, closed garden/SoC based products," said Eran Bello, VP of products and marketing, ASOCS. "Virtual base stations will enable improved network performance, coverage and capacity and be deployed in numerous network configurations including: Cloud-Radio Access Networks (Cloud-RAN), traditional macro cell sites, in-building/outdoor distributed antenna system (DAS) deployments and even small cells implementations. ASOCS is the process of establishing several key strategic alliances that would enable it to present reliable solution directly to the carrier's worldwide. The alliance with Wind River is one of the cornerstones of our go to market strategy."
"Wind River helps developers achieve rapid open source innovation and implement highly interoperable Linux projects for a variety of platforms," said Dinyar Dastoor, VP of product management, Wind River. "Designed for flexible, scalable build systems with an optimised run-time, pre-integrated middleware packages for specific device types, an integrated development environment, and top notch open source tools, Wind River Linux helps customers save development time and costs to quickly develop NFV ready solutions, such as the ASOCS' virtual base station, right out of the box. The combination of ASOCS' technology and the performance optimisation that Wind River Open Virtualization brings to KVM is making the virtualisation of base stations a reality."