How Red Hat is helping drive telco’s RAN revolution
By Honoré LaBourdette, Red Hat
June 24, 2021
virtualized RAN. According to a report published by Analysys Mason, service provider spending on products in the RAN market will grow to reach $41.3 billion in 2025 as service providers deploy 5G networks, improve their non-5G network capacity and coverage and implement vRAN.
As part of this ongoing commitment, Red Hat has created a new dedicated ecosystem engineering team focused on collaboration with partners, and has added more than 250 engineers dedicated to solutions in the RAN space this year. Red Hat has also invested approximately $25 million in engineering resources toward partnerships and Red Hat labs that are focused on innovation for RAN.
Altiostar, Intel, Mavenir, Nokia, Samsung, and others, customers will be able to deploy pre-integrated open RAN components from different vendors, coordinating the design for their specific needs. One example of this includes our aligned efforts with Intel to help move 5G, networking innovation and related features more quickly into upstream open-source projects. With this ecosystem, Red Hat helps to drive cloud-native open RAN solutions with zero touch provisioning (ZTP) that enable greater control over costs and speed deployment at thousands of locations, including faster installs and upgrades, integrated fault detection, higher availability, telemetry and analytics.
It doesn’t stop there. Red Hat is focused on advancing the world’s leading enterprise Kubernetes platform, Red Hat OpenShift, to match the requirements of the open RAN model by:
the industry to build cloud-native network functions with Red Hat
OpenShift, with more seamless scaling from core to edge - including
containers and microservices, which are the foundation for open RAN.
Maximizing flexibility for service providers to deploy validated and certified RAN functions using Red Hat OpenShift on the infrastructure that best fits their business needs. They can choose with confidence among the leading server OEMs, public cloud providers and Red Hat managed cloud services.
Providing automated deployment and operator lifecycle management (OLM) to make installation, deployment and management simpler to help service providers stay agile and competitive with a smaller footprint and greater network security.
As this industry continues to shift, Red Hat plans to evolve and expand its ecosystem to help make the critical functions powering the next wave of telecommunications interchangeable and interoperable. By working in the open to drive an ecosystem of innovation, Red Hat can learn, share and catalyze communities for better, faster and more reliable solutions. Most recently, Red Hat was even recognized by the GSMA GLOMO shortlist for our collaborative work in the open vRAN space with Altiostar for Best Network Software Breakthrough.