Finnish Telecom Tests Virtualization of its RF Network

Elisa is the first telecommunications operator in Finland to test Radio Access Network technology on a commercial network
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HELSINKI ��Elisais the first telecommunications operator in Finland to test Radio Access Network technology on a commercial network, and the company plans to deploy the technology, which allows the cellular base stations to bevirtualized, more widely during 2017. The test was carried out at Nokia�s headquarters in Espoo, Finland, reportsrcrwireless.com.

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Cloud RAN technology allows the system operators to transfer radio access capacity from one base station to another without base stations needing to be physically moved.

�In the future, it will be possible to shift capacity at the end of a working day from office districts to shopping centers and residential areas, and networks will not get congested,� Sami Komulainen, Elisa�s vice president said in the same article.

In future this technology will likely be used in the deployment of 5G networks; in the meantime, Elisa indicated that Cloud RAN technology would also help with managing the growing traffic on existing networks.

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