Advantech successfully completes O-RAN Global PlugFest 2021 participation

  • Demonstrated interoperable and versatile commercial-off-the-shelf SKY-8101 server solution in collaboration with IS-Wireless 
  • Featuring ultra-short-depth, extreme wide operating temperature and high-density designs, Advantech SKY-8000 Series of 5G Edge Servers expand operators’ white-box DU, CU and MEC hardware choices with an enhanced range of commercial-off-the-shelf servers that have been optimized for Open RAN and the telco edge
  • Latest generation Advantech SKY-8000 5G Edge Servers are immediately available for customer evaluation and deployment 
Taipei, Taiwan – Advantech (TWSE: 2395.TW), a global leader in industrial IoT, participated in the 3rd Global PlugFest organized by the O-RAN ALLIANCE which aims to accelerate the maturity of products and solutions based on O-RAN specifications, and to verify and validate multi-vendor interoperability. Advantech SKY-8101 5G Edge Server based on Intel Xeon Scalable processor was demonstrated as part of an O-RAN architecture based end-to-end solution in collaboration with software-defined 4G and 5G mobile networks developer IS-Wireless. 
The O-RAN ALLIANCE is a world-wide community of mobile network operators, vendors, and institutions that works to re-shape the Radio Access Network (RAN) industry. Advantech has contributed to the 3rd O-RAN Plug-Fest through its participation in the joint European O-RAN & TIP PlugFest. Advantech SKY-8000 Series of 5G Edge Servers enabled the demonstration of two scenarios in collaboration with IS-Wireless in the European OTIC in TIM Innovation Lab, Torino. The first scenario was to perform an end-to-end system testing of a 5G SA solution and the second the E2 interface testing of a nearRT RIC solution with real CU/DU solutions (protocol version: E2AP v01.01 and E2SM-NI v01.00). During the PlugFest, IS-Wireless successfully completed functional, performance and service testing using commercial User Equipment (UE). 
The demonstrated IS-Wireless solution was fully virtualized with functions including DU, CU and RU and nearRT RIC deployed as separate containers on a single Advantech SKY-8101 server. Advantech SKY-8000 Series of 5G Edge Servers enrich operators’ white-box DU, CU and MEC hardware choices with an enhanced range of commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) servers that have been optimized for Open RAN and the telco edge to meet high availability and carrier-grade network needs. The range scales from ultra-short-depth (290mm), extreme wide operating temperature (-40 to +65 degrees Celsius) configurations all the way up to dual socket designs that can be deployed as micro datacenters at the edge. They have been designed for high density PCIe card payload to integrate the required vRAN acceleration, I/O and time synchronization technologies while optimizing performance per watt. Advantech 5G Edge Servers integrate field-proven carrier-grade features that help minimize costly downtime and onsite interventions. These include advanced thermal and electrical design, dust filter and DC support, redundant and field-replaceable power supply units and fans, single fan failure support, redundant BIOS and FW images for fail-safe remote updates and secure remote platform management. 
During the Plugfest, IS-Wireless provided an end-to-end solution: RU/CU/DU/RIC and Core with all containers deployed on one physical COTS server without any hardware acceleration. IS-Wireless offers a fully virtualized solution with particular functions deployed as separate containers. The company is part of the Open RAN Wave 2 revolution.
“We are proud to have successfully completed our O-RAN Plugfest participation during which we demonstrated our solutions compliance, interoperability and versatility in collaboration with O-RAN ecosystem partners,” said James Yang, vice president of Advantech Cloud IoT Group. “Our SKY-8000 Series of 5G Edge Servers enabled different O-RAN scenarios providing a plug and play experience that contributes to the O-RAN ALLIANCE objectives of building an open, intelligent, virtualized and fully interoperable RAN.”
“The O-RAN Plugfest was a great opportunity to test our end-to-end Open RAN software solution. We are ready to deliver 5G mobile networks in the Open RAN model to customers around the world, it incudes mobile carriers and other customers looking to implement private 5G networks” says Slawomir Pietrzyk, CEO and Founder at IS-Wireless.
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