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TELUS embraces Wind River Studio for pioneering virtual and Open RAN in Canada

TELUS embraces Wind River Studio for pioneering virtual and Open RAN in Canada

Wind River, a provider of intelligent system software, recently announced that TELUS, a Canadian telecom company, is leveraging its Wind River Studio for their cloud infrastructure to support the development of Canada’s inaugural commercial virtualized and open radio access network (RAN).

This initiative marks one of the earliest deployments of truly virtualized Open RAN in both existing (brownfield) and new (greenfield) network environments, according to the company. TELUS, along with its partners, has tested the Open RAN and vRAN deployment in specific Canadian markets, confirming the performance and reliability of multi-vendor Open RAN technology for telecommunications-grade usage.

Bernard Bureau, vice president of wireless strategy and services at TELUS, expressed pride in leading the Canadian telecom industry through the integration of their 5G network with Open RAN technology.

“This breakthrough promises transformative benefits for our business, from cost and energy savings to the enablement of new applications and improved customer experiences. Achieving this was made possible through our collaboration with Wind River, underlining our commitment to innovation and excellence,” he adds.

Paul Miller, chief technology officer at Wind River, emphasized the significance of TELUS’s innovation and collaboration in driving advancements in Open RAN technology.

“TELUS is driving innovation in its market with this tremendous milestone. Wind River is proud to collaborate with TELUS and major ecosystem partners to further advance Open RAN,” says Miller.

“As a leader in the telecom landscape that powers the majority of 5G vRAN/Open RAN deployments with global operators, our Wind River Studio capabilities deliver cloud-native solutions that enable the high-scale deployment of next-generation network infrastructure for service providers worldwide.”

Wind River’s Studio, built on the open-source StarlingX project, offers a cloud-native architecture supporting the development, deployment, and management of distributed edge networks. It aims to simplify operations and address the complexities of deploying cloud-native infrastructure for core-to-edge distributed cloud networks.

In addition to its collaboration with TELUS, Wind River has contributed to several other milestones in the telecom industry, including participation in the world’s first successful 5G data session, the development of commercial vRAN/Open RAN programs globally, and launching the first fully automated edge data center for commercial service.

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