Saudi Arabian telco Mobily and Paris-based equipment vendor Alcatel-Lucent have announced what they claim to be ‘the first deployment globally of virtualised radio access network (RAN)’. According to a joint press release, Alca-Lu is deploying its 9771 Wireless Cloud Element Radio Network Controller (WCE RNC) to improve Mobily’s service performance, reliability, scale and operational efficiency. The supplier’s network functions virtualisation (NFV) portfolio combines its networking technical acumen with its cloud capabilities to help guide customers through the virtualisation journey without compromising operational performance and integrity. Running virtual radio network control functions over open, carrier-grade platforms provides considerable advantages over traditional approaches greatly facilitates advanced RNC requirements for geo-redundancy, near zero downtime maintenance and software upgrades, load balancing, and dynamic reconfiguration.
Alaa Malki, Mobile Network CTO at Mobily, said: ‘Our team worked very closely with Alcatel-Lucent to assure adopting the new technologies to maximize the network efficiency which is part of Mobily strategy and to use cloud-based control solution. We have a very technologically sophisticated customer base and we need to stay at the forefront of technological innovation to provide the level of experience that will keep them satisfied. To that end we have achieved our first goal and we look forward to the improved virtualized RNC performance, reliability and scale.’