Agilent (News - Alert) Technologies Inc. recently signed an agreement to collaborate with China Mobile (News - Alert) Communications Co. Ltd. Research Institute (CMRI). The collaboration will be focused on developing technology and test methods for a next-generation cloud-based radio access network (C-RAN).
C-RAN is a research project initiated by CMRI on the implementation and deployment of a radio access network (RAN). Its name comes from the four Cs in "Clean, Centralized processing, Collaborative radio, and real-time Cloud Radio Access Network." China Mobile started to promote the idea of C-RAN publicly in April 2010. It is also very active in various international standard organizations on promotion of R&D on C-RAN.
“Our working relationship with CMRI in the C-RAN initiative will allow Agilent and CMRI to lead the development of a new architecture and test methods required for long-term success throughout the value chain,” said Andy Botka, Agilent vice president and general manager of the Microwave and Communication Division. “This collaboration will help C-RAN developers solve challenging technical problems before the network is built and perform troubleshooting in the central office before C-RAN is deployed in the field.”
“C-RAN is the green radio access network initiated by China Mobile with the aim of large capacity, low cost and high power efficiency,” said Dr. Chihlin I, chief scientist of CMRI. “With the addition of Agilent, the world’s leading testing and measurement instrument vendor, C-RAN has formed a complete industry chain from communication vendor to IT vendors to testing vendors to mobile operators. It’s believed that with the close cooperation of the industry, realization of C-RAN will soon be possible.”
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