Corning, Intel Announce 5G In-Building Network Collaboration

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The Technology Companies Working to bring us 5G

Corning Incorporated is a materials science innovator. Corning Incorporated and Intel have formed a partnership to help bring 5G to buildings sooner. The companies’ goal is to create a virtual platform for Corning’s 5G network solution. Intel’s Xeon® Scalable processors and FlexRAN Reference Software Architecture will power it.

This partnership will also make it easier for mobile network operators and enterprise building owners to deploy 5G solutions that will meet their customers’ and tenants’ demand for connectivity. With the ability to scale from small to large venues and enterprises.

Why Should We Look Towards 5G?

“5G will enable dramatic advances in the way people work and companies create value,” Michelle Engarto said in a statement. Michelle Engarto is Corning Optical Communications Vice President, and Wireless Product Line Management. “Capturing the benefits will require flexible and scalable infrastructure that can evolve and adapt as fast as software-based applications. Fiber offers effectively unlimited bandwidth and is protocol agnostic. Virtualization converts a traditional hardware challenge into a software-based solution. By combining fiber and virtualization, Corning and Intel will demonstrate the ultimate in flexibility and scalability for in-building 5G infrastructure.”

The Dangerous Duo of Corning and Intel

This strategic partnership will combine Corning’s wireless connectivity with Intel’s technologies. These technologies include: second-generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors, Intel FlexRAN 5G and 4G Reference Software, Intel® FPGA Programmable Acceleration Card N3000, and 10/25/40Gb Intel® Ethernet 700 Series Network Adapters to support 5G innovation as deployments proliferate around the world.

“Our collaboration with Corning will help ensure the 5G revolution does not stop at the building door,” Cristina Rodriguez says. Rodriguez is vice president and general manager of Wireless Access Networks Division, Data Center Group at Intel. “This Intel-based foundation for next-generation virtualized radio access networks (vRAN) will enable customers to reap the full benefits of 5G based platforms for ultra-reliable low latency, enhanced mobile bandwidth, and massive machine-to-machine communication both inside and outside their buildings.”

The new Corning-Intel enterprise platform will be commercially available in 2020.

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