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TMN: What is Intel’s role in Open RAN, and in vRAN?
We’ve been on this journey to transform the network for the better part of a decade, working with the ecosystem and comms service providers (CSPs) to drive a software-defined network that’s more agile, scaleable and better managed for overall TCO.
This year we’re expecting roughly 50% of all core network deployments to be virtualised, and that number is expected to go well over 80% by 2024.
We’re at a critical moment in the industry where we’re starting to see 5G rollouts, AI become much more prolific as well as see compute now building out at the edge. So the industry is also looking at driving the RAN to be more open, more software-defined as we go forward, and we’re