Features and Capabilities The function consolidation as VNFs includes: OpenRAN Controller: The OpenRAN Controller is responsible for radio connection management, mobility management, QoS management, edge services, and interference management for the quality of end user experience. Different RAN functionalities consolidate on this software platform, reducing complexity and making overall network maintenance simpler and less resource intensive. Currently released OpenRAN controller module virtualizes vBSC/2G gateway, 3G gateway/vRNC, 4G gateway/X2 gateway, Wi-Fi gateway. The fully virtualized and scalable controller functionality supports standard E2 interface and works with multi-vendor RANs. As a result, it helps create a multi-vendor, open ecosystem of interoperable components for indoor and outdoor deployments.
Parallel Wireless’s 2G/3G/4G/5G OpenRAN and
Network software platform enables openness through the complete decoupling of hardware and software functionality. This functional separation enables the software to support all the different protocol splits between DUs and CUs based on available backhaul/fronthaul options.
It can be software-upgraded to 5G OpenRAN Controller functionality as non-standalone (NSA) and Standalone (SA) as the 5G standards are finalized . Being a 5G-native platform, it provides a smooth migration path to 5G utilizing any migration option.
Network Orchestration and Real-time SON: The Software Platform also provides complete RAN orchestration including self-configuration, self-optimization, and self-healing. All new radio units are self-configured by the software, reducing the need for manual intervention. All new radio units are self-configured by the software, reducing the need for manual intervention, which will be key for 5G deployments of Massive MIMO and small cells for densification. The self-optimization is responsible for necessary optimization related tasks across different RANs, utilizing available RAN data from all RAN types (macros, Massive MIMO, small cells) from the Analytics module. The predictive approach utilized by the Parallel Wireless platform, in contrast to the legacy reactive optimization approach, improves user experience and increases network resource utilization, key for consistent experience on data intensive 5G networks. Network Sharing enabler: Infrastructure sharing will be a key for 5G networks. Parallel Wireless OpenRAN software suite enables MOCN/MORAN by having the ability to view the traffic and route to the proper core. This then allows RAN sharing to happen without complication to any of the home networks. The OpenRAN controller simply requires connections to each core and handles the heavy lifting of routing the traffic properly. Edge Core: a virtualized edge-centric core solution consisting of MME, SGW and PGW as well as AMF, SMF, UPF and N3IWF, or any combination of these, deployed as Virtual Network Functions (NFV). Its scalable architecture allows flexible deployments, from small-footprint cost-efficient Packet Core from a few thousand to millions of subscribers.