Ericsson and Google Cloud partner on Cloud-based RAN

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Ericsson and Google Cloud have announced plans to develop an Ericsson Cloud RAN solution on Google Distributed Cloud (GDC).

The plans were detailed earlier this week as the pair expanded its existing partnership.

According to Ericsson, the partnership to develop an Ericsson Cloud RAN on GDC will offer integrated automation and orchestration and leverage AI/ML for communications service providers to benefit from.

Cloud RAN, also known as C-RAN or Centralized-RAN, is an approach to mobile phone networks that takes the open radio access network (Open RAN) and virtualizes it. In simple terms, Cloud RAN is a cloud-native approach to the radio access network.

GDC is Google’s hybrid Edge cloud offering, and extends the company’s hardware and software to the Edge of the network and into on-premises data centers.

Ericsson notes that along with Google Cloud, it has successfully ‘demonstrated the full implementation of the Ericsson vDU and vCU on GDC Edge,’ while the solution is running live in the Ericsson Open Lab in Ottawa, Canada.

“This partnership enables us to deepen and expand our valuable collaboration with Google Cloud, and it opens new opportunities for operators to utilize the benefits of cloud-native solutions and automation,” said Mårten Lerner, head of product line Cloud RAN, Ericsson.

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