Think beyond physical equipment to prepare for 5G.
To unlock networks' true potential, mobile network operators (MNOs) will need to shift from physical hardware to virtualization. For example, by moving baseband processing units from cell sites to a centralized location known as centralized radio access networks (C-RANs), MNOs can lower latency while reducing the amount of equipment necessary on site.
Plus, virtualization can improve other parts of the network—like better managing network architecture through network function virtualization (NFV) as well as airwaves through cell virtualization. In addition, through virtual service instances, MNOs can better control the quality of experience (QoE) for each individual subscriber.