Kontron collaborates with Altiostar for intelligent vRAN solutions

New SYMKLOUD portfolio of carrier grade, short-depth hardware designed to support Altiostar radio access network solutions

Montreal, CANADA, February 21, 2018 – Kontron, a global provider of open source cloud and integrated infrastructure platforms, today announced that its SYMKLOUD hardware portfolio now includes a line of carrier grade commercial off the shelf (COTS) ME-1100 platforms dedicated for, among other use cases, radio access network deployments. This represents an initial milestone in helping wireless operators to achieve a successful multi-phased migration away from classical RAN installments.

The new SYMKLOUD hardware design was inspired by a joint effort with Altiostar – a leading open vRAN provider – to further enable wireless operators to maximize their spectrum bandwidth while lowering costs.

The market for open vRAN solutions is gaining rapid acceptance as operators seek more cost-effective approaches to lay the network foundation today that can simplify the transition to 5G. According to analyst firm Research and Markets, the growth of the vRAN market is expected to grow at a CAGR of approximately 125% during the next three years.

The SYMKLOUD ME-1100 platform is a cost-effective whitebox 1U high – 12-inch-deep platform designed to meet NEBS/ETSI certifications for carrier grade environments with limited rack/cabinet space. Powered by the Intel Xeon D 1500 Series processors (8C, 12C, 16C options), the ME-1100 is available with either AC or DC power, multiple storage options, and features two front 10G SFP interfaces.

However, the true versatility of the platform lies in its single x16 PCIe 3.0 (8GT/s) slot for full-height, half-length cards that can support various Video and Content Edge Caching, AI, or IoT use cases that depend on FPGA, storage or GPU technologies. And, thanks to SYMLOUD turnkey OpenStack or Kubernetes solutions, the ME-1100 can become a compute resource for virtualized or containerized edge services. This helps deliver highly scalable intelligent mobile or multi-access (MEC) services at the edge.

“The work we have done with Altiostar is tremendous and will help lower the barrier for operators to move forward with their vRAN investments for any existing or greenfield networks,” said Benoit Robert, VP Strategy and Marketing, Kontron. “Altiostar has demonstrated a clear strategy for the development of the vRAN space and Kontron looks forward to multiple collaborations.”

“While the world of telco services are increasingly becoming virtualized, Kontron has shown us that, to a certain extent, designing the right hardware is a key factor in deploying next generation network solutions such as vRAN,” said Kuntal Chowdhury, VP Marketing, Altiostar. “We anticipate that the ramp-up for new vRAN opportunities will increase significantly as the economic benefits of open vRAN far outweigh classical RAN solutions.”

Visit the Kontron stand during Mobile World Congress to see its MEC/vRAN joint demonstration with Altiostar along with the new SYMKLOUD ME-1100 platform.

Schedule a private meeting and/or save a seat for any of the SYMKLOUD Theatre Sessions,
at:  go.symkloud.com/mwc-2018

About Kontron in Communications

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