NVIDIA and Ericsson today announced at the MWC LA 2019 that they are collaborating on technologies that can allow telco operators to build high-performing, efficient and completely virtualized 5G Radio Access Networks (RAN). These virtualized networks can enable the faster and more flexible introduction of new AI and IoT services.

Jensen Huang, NVIDIA founder and CEO, announced this collaboration at a keynote ahead of the start of MWC Los Angeles 2019 event, brings together Ericsson’s expertise in RAN technology with NVIDIA’s leadership in GPU-powered accelerated computing platforms, as well as AI and supercomputing.

NVIDIA and Ericsson's 5G RAN

The collaboration seeks to examine how the major challenges like - how to virtualize the complete RAN solution in a cost-, size- and energy-efficient way, comparable with traditionally built RAN networks, can be addressed in a commercially viable way for telcos.

The companies’ ultimate goal is to commercialize virtualized RAN technologies to deliver radio networks with flexibility and shorter time to market for new services, such as augmented reality, virtual reality and gaming.

Jensen Huang, NVIDIA founder and CEO, said;
5G is set to turbocharge the intelligent edge revolution. Fusing 5G, supercomputing and AI has enabled us to create a revolutionary communications platform supporting, someday, trillions of always-on, AI-enabled smart devices. Combining our world-leading capabilities, NVIDIA and Ericsson are helping to invent this exciting future.

Fredrik Jejdling, executive vice president and head of Networks at Ericsson, said,
As a technology leader, we embrace openness and new platforms where we can continue to innovate and push boundaries to provide our customers with the best possible solutions. With NVIDIA we will jointly look at bringing alternatives to market for virtualizing the complete radio access network.