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ASOCS, Wind River Partner to Popularize Virtual Base Stations

By Paula Bernier July 17, 2014

Making virtual base stations a mass-market phenomenon is the aim of a new partnership between ASOCS Ltd. and Wind River.

ASOCS sells virtual base stations, while Wind River provides software for intelligent connected systems. By coming together, the two companies hope to make virtual base stations faster to deploy and more reliable, which they believe will make adoption of such solutions much more widespread.

(To learn more about virtualization in carrier networks, join us at Software Telco Congress, Aug. 11-14 at The Rio-Las Vegas.)

The companies refer to the mobile base station as “the last bastion of proprietary and expensive hardware,” which they say prevents network operators from realizing the benefits of new data center topologies. But it need not be that way, they say, as the base station is just another appliance that can be virtualized to align with the network functions virtualization architectures service providers are now adopting in an effort to lower costs and expedite the delivery of new services.

To make that happen, says Eran Bello, ASOCS vice president of products and marketing, ASOCS is working to establish alliances with key companies in an effort to present reliable solutions directly to carriers worldwide. Bello says the Wind River alliance is a cornerstone of that larger effort.

Dinyar Dastoor, vice president of product management at Wind River, explains that the company for which he works provides embedded software that enables developers to more easily create open source solutions for a variety of platforms. In the case of this partnership, Wind River Linux helps customers save development time and costs to quickly develop the ASOCS' virtual Base Station right out of the box.

“The combination of ASOCS' technology and the performance optimization that Wind River Open Virtualization brings to KVM is making the virtualization of base stations a reality," says Dastoor.

The ASOCS virtual base station leverages modem processing unit and modem programing language technologies to deliver a baseband and signal processing as a service solution.

"Virtual base stations are poised to displace the current hardware, closed garden/SoC based products," says Eran Bello, vice president of products and marketing at ASOCS. "vBS will enable improved network performance, coverage and capacity and be deployed in numerous network configurations….”

That includes cloud radio access networks, in-building and outdoor distributed antenna system deployments, small cell scenarios, and macro cell sites.

Want to hear more benefits and opportunities that Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and Software-Defined Networking (SDN) offer?  Software Telco Congress, held August 12-14, 2014, at The Rio in Las Vegas.

Edited by Adam Brandt

Executive Editor, TMC

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