Verizon reports ‘meaningful’ power efficiency improvements in Intel-supported vRAN deployment

Written by Kelly Hill


Verizon said that it was able to demonstrate a “significant boost to network performance” on its commercial network, as well as “meaningful power efficiency gains” and the capability to support higher throughputs, through the use of Intel’s 4th generation Xeon Scalable processor with vRAN boost, on a virtualized RAN from Samsung.

The trial took place on Verizon’s commercial network in Dallas, Texas. The new vRAN processor from Intel supports wider bandwidths of C-Band spectrum, which Verizon is turning up to increase its capacity as it now has access to the full amount of C-Band spectrum which it purchased at auction.

“As customers continue to increase their data usage and use our network in different ways, it is critical to continue to drive efficiencies to provide the best possible performance at the most efficient cost,” said Adam Koeppe, SVP of Technology Planning at Verizon. “As we continue to roll out virtualized cell sites and expand our 5G service, the use of this advanced processor will have tangible benefits for us as network operators and for our customers in how our network serves their needs.”

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