Edge Talk – Lanner Vlog

 

Disaggregating the network by separating hardware from software is nothing new in the telco industry anymore. The carriers strategy of disaggregating network is well underway as the SD-WAN and universal CPE deployments have been taking off over the last two years.

OpenRAN solutions offers flexibility and scalability through the disaggregation of hardware and software and the utilization of Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) hardware. OpenRAN platforms constitute a significant step towards the realization of the 5G era. Sven Freudenfeld from Lanner Telecom BU joined the panel discussion at Layer123 World Congress and shared how Lanner whitebox hardware appliance can accelerate network transformations for CU and DU in 5G OpenRAN.

Lanner collaborates with Prodapt to offer DSPs and enterprises pre-integrated synergetic solutions in the areas of 5G, multi-access edge computing (MEC), universal CPEs (uCPE), managed SD-WAN services. With Prodapt’s OVX DSPs will have access to ready-for-service, pre-vetted Lanner’s HTCA MEC platforms, the partnership will help DSPs shorten the time to market of new virtualized and cloud services to a variety of industry verticals, such as healthcare, gaming, immersive video, security, IoT/IIoT, and 5G broadcast.

Communications service providers (CommSPs) are looking at ways to lower their operating and capital expenses (OPEX/CAPEX) by delivering network services more efficiently. The disaggregation of hardware and software driven by network functions virtualization (NFV) enables them to deliver virtual network functions (VNFs) on small-footprint white box universal customer premises equipment (uCPE), rather than a mix of standalone point products.

A key component of these next generation NFV-based solutions is the ability to leverage commercial off the shelf (COTS) hardware platforms to simplify the NFV deployment model. This disaggregation of hardware and software elements is critical for enabling whitebox uCPE deployments, which are gaining popularity as an efficient and flexible way of deploying enterprise and residential communications services. 

Lanner collaborates with netElastic to deliver virtual Broadband Network Gateway and virtual Customer Premise Equipment based on Lanner’s customizable and scalable white-box hardware portfolio and netElastic’s software-based vRouter, vBNG and SD-WAN/vCPE solutions to the market. By software-defining and virtualizing their networks, CSPs and telecom carriers disaggregating hardware from software are leveraging x86 based white box hardware with high networking capabilities as their network and control functions, giving them agility and cost-effectiveness.

Lanner partners with Ekinops to develop a highly flexible universal customer premise equipment (uCPE) solution with simplified VNF deployment and management . The partnership enables Lanner Whitebox network appliances to be pre-validated with Ekinops’ Compose platform, addressing the new challenges for communication service providers (CSPs) in the age of virtualization with a consolidated, cost-effective, and VNF-ready uCPE for PaaS (Platform as a Service) and SD-WAN deployments.

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