Several network vendors used MWC LA to showcase their latest products. Samsung and Ciena announced they have entered into an agreement to deliver 5G solutions to the market. The combined offer will comprise an end-to-end solution set, including Samsung’s 5G RAN and core products with Ciena’s xHaul routing and switching portfolio. Rakuten, Intel and Juniper Networks also announced a collaboration at the event. The companies have developed Symware, a multi-purpose edge appliance for open RAN deployments. Furthermore, VMware unveiled enhancements to its Telco Cloud Platform and a new RAN intelligent controller (RIC) based on O-RAN Alliance functionality.
The progress of 5G, cloud, edge technology and new network models (e.g. open RAN) took centre stage at MWC LA. With network domains becoming increasingly intertwined, there was a particular focus on how technologies should work together to aid network deployments. This was evidenced by collaborations between vendors that have previously focused on different elements of the network equipment market. Vendor announcements also demonstrated progress in maturing open RAN. New RIC developments from VMware address open RAN efficiency concerns, while Rakuten’s multi-purpose edge appliance aims to simplify deployments by reducing the amount of hardware needed.