Turkcell (NYSE:TKC) (BIST:TCELL) has added a new partnership to the strategic alliances it has made with the world´s technology companies for the development of 5G technologies, the company said.
Following the launch of several strategic alliances with Turkish and international technology companies and universities aimed at furthering the development of 5G technologies, the successful integration of Netsia´s Virtual LTE RAN Platform into Turkcell´s Network Labs located in Istanbul has been completed.
RAN slicing constitutes the cornerstone of any end-to-end slicing initiative, as radio resources are ultimately the basic building blocks to be shared (or sliced) among users.
Netsia and Turkcell have worked towards integrating Netsia´s platform into Turkcell´s Labs, reproducing a Private LTE network with the ability to be sub-divided into multiple slices which, at RAN level, can offer different performances, latencies, and radio resources to different sets of customers. The result of such integration demonstrates that SDN/NFV techniques can be successfully applied to the RAN, hence completing the last piece of the puzzle towards an effective end-to-end network slicing.
Netsia, a technology startup based in Sunnyvale (California) and a subsidiary of Argela, is actively working on programmable Software-Defined RAN Virtualization for 5G and has developed ProgRAN, a programmable Software Defined Network (SDN)-based Radio Access Network framework. ProgRAN virtualizes the wireless channel resources, as well as the radio resource management modules, in base stations, allowing a remote controller to “slice the network” into multiple virtual sub-networks. The virtual Private LTE platform reproduces a hospital scenario where wireless resources are shared among doctors, patients, visitors, and medical equipment. The resource partitioning is safely controlled by the hospital administration in a programmable way to provide wireless access services based on the type of the users and the emergency level at the hospital.