Verizon deploys over 8,000 VRAN cell sites and is making rapid progress toward 20,000 goal

NEW YORK – Verizon, the Virtualized Radio Access Network (VRAN) innovation leader, has now deployed more than 8,000 virtualized cell sites with a goal of deploying more than 20,000 by the end of 2025. This technology milestone enables Verizon to respond quickly to latencies and computing needs, and provides greater flexibility and agility in the introduction of new products and services. Moving to a cloud-based, virtualized architecture with standardized interfaces in every part of the network leads to greater flexibility, faster service delivery, greater scalability, and better cost-effectiveness of networks.

“We are building the network with the most advanced technology available because we know people rely on our network and we are committed to providing the variety and quality of services our customers need,” said Adam Koeppe, vice- senior president of planning and technology at Verizon. “Even though we’re driving the most aggressive network deployment in our company’s history, we know that giving people access to 5G is only part of the winning equation.”

The primary use cases for 5G focused on delivering the best and most efficient network for customers will heavily depend on the programmability of virtualized networks. Networks must serve IoT devices that do very little networking and stay put, smartphones with endless possibilities to use data in a highly mobile environment, and complex solutions like augmented reality that require massive computing capabilities at the edge of the network. These different network solutions rely on a variety of correlated network resources, which until recently were rigidly and manually defined. Using large-scale orchestration and automation capabilities on a virtual infrastructure, Verizon automates network configuration changes and scales resources dynamically based on demand. This is one of the biggest benefits of virtualizing a network – essentially building programmability into the network.

It takes more than just virtualization

While advancing virtualization technology is a critical step toward advanced 5G solutions, Verizon is working on many other technology advancements in parallel to provide customers with the world’s most robust, advanced, and reliable network. .

  • Verizon recently announced a massive advance in its packet core network, quadrupling the capacity of its fiber network.

  • It also recently announced that it is beginning to deploy 100 MHz of C-band spectrum in many markets across the United States – a significant increase from the 60 MHz of spectrum it has deployed in 5G markets so far. day. Nearly doubling the available spectrum for 5G Ultra Wideband turbocharges the service, delivering significantly faster speeds, much greater capacity to accommodate more customers and more robust services, and allows Verizon to offer services 5G Home and Business broadband internet to more customers.

  • ORAN – The disaggregation of hardware and software functions on the network through widespread virtualization creates the basis of ORAN. ORAN is an evolution of virtual network architecture with the potential to bring many benefits in terms of deployment flexibility, faster innovation in an open environment, and greater service options by increasing the possibility for new entrants to provide competitive and advanced solutions. More competition, more innovation and greater diversity of suppliers will all be a net benefit to operators and consumers.

  • Advanced Antenna Configurations – Verizon continues to optimize antenna efficiency, including widespread use of Massive MIMO, resulting in higher speeds and less signal interference, resulting in increased capacity and speed for customers.

  • MEC – Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) brings data processing performed by customer applications and services closer to the edge of the network. This shortens the data round trip distance between the device and the servers that can process the data. This allows critical applications that impact performance to respond faster and more effectively. Verizon’s MEC is deployed in a rack next to our core network equipment, allowing for the lowest possible latency. We partner with top cloud partners, driving closer network integration/differentiation through APIs. Verizon recently expanded its MEC ecosystem by bringing AWS Wavelength Zones to Nashville and Tampa and now reaches 19 metro areas. This means that 75% of the US population is now within 150 miles of VZ 5G Edge.

  • Webscale Platform – Using a Webscale platform owned and operated by Verizon, Verizon engineers created a cloud-native architecture. Verizon’s telecommunications cloud has been optimized for telecommunications workloads, unique telecommunications regulatory and performance requirements, and tighter integration with other operating systems. This unique cloud architecture promotes efficiency and helps distribute functionality across the network. Verizon’s native telecom workloads (Core, RAN, Signaling, and User Plane) run more efficiently and with better performance and resiliency when deployed on this optimized cloud platform.

  • Verizon remains very active in global standards bodies and continues to work with experts around the world to set standards and expectations for future technologies.

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