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Alan Carlton and Jim Nolan Talk 5G Networks and Software Innovation with RCR Wireless

April 13, 2015 / 5G, SDN, NFV, RCR Wireless, 5GPPP / Posted By: Kelly Capizzi

The first commercial deployments of 5G networks are predicted to begin in just five years. However, it is likely that many elements of what will be 5G will be seen much earlier than 5G access networks as we work to develop the broader capabilities. Two elements in particular that will be seen are network function virtualization and software defined networks.

InterDigital’s Alan Carlton, Vice President, InterDigital Europe, and Jim Nolan, Executive Vice President, InterDigital Solutions, recently joined Jeff Mucci, CEO and Editorial Director of RCR Wireless News, for a discussion on the role of network function virtualization and software defined networks, NFV and SDN, in 5G development.

Carlton explained that basically SDN is about creating the separation of the control plane from the data plane and NFV is about taking the service logic out of local hardware and putting it in the cloud. He provides specific examples, such as InterDigital Europe’s recent milestone 5G Infrastructure Public Private Partnership (5GPPP) win, project XHAUL, of application-level development on SDN platforms and elaborates on how NFV and SDN will form the cornerstones on which 5G will be built.

To learn more and watch the full podcast, visit RCR Wireless News’ Coders: Episode 5 – 5G Networks and Open Source Code podcast.