The partnership plans to help operators gain the benefits of 5G vRAN – including up to 90% cost reduction – as mobile nets move to cloud.
Cellwize Wireless Technologies, which specialises in mobile network automation and orchestration, announced it is to work with Intel to enable Cellwize's CHIME technology on Intel Xeon Scalable processors.
The processors have built-in AI acceleration and Intel FlexRAN reference software.
Cellwize says that as cellular networks progress from RAN to vRAN, implementing a scalable cloud-like architecture in 5G networks is crucial for operators to support the use cases and performance requirements of 5G.
Dan Rodriguez, Intel corporate VP in the Network Platforms Group, writes in a blog [his punctuation], "In the years ahead, we see global vRAN base station deployments scale, from hundreds to 'hundreds of thousands,' and eventually millions."
Ofir Zemer, CEO of Cellwize, said, "CHIME's intelligent vRAN deployment automation perfectly supports AI-powered Intel Xeon Scalable processors to transform the industry in the evolution from RAN to vRAN.
"This collaboration will allow operators to deploy vRAN more quickly, with a fully automated process, up to 90% reduction in associated costs, improved quality of services through automation, reduced operating expenses to configure and activate cell sites, and overall enhanced customer satisfaction through AI-driven and predictive decision making."
Cristina Rodriguez, VP and GM Wireless Access Network Division at Intel, said, "Virtualising the RAN is the next frontier for network transformation. Our decade of investments and optimization work is delivering the scale and flexibility required for operators to quickly architect and rollout 5G while taking full advantage of integrated AI technology.
"Cellwize's CHIME technology for vRAN automation utilises the latest Intel vRAN technology and Intel XeonScalable processors to speed up and simplify deployments".
Cellwize and Intel will be offering demos at MWC, June 28-July 1.