Moving Towards 5G and 6G Virtualised Networks with AMD

Having debuted new software solutions at MWC Barcelona 2024, AMD is keen to continue expanding telco partner ecosystems to break ground in 5G innovations

As it continues to lead in AI sectors, AMD is also striving to focus on its relationships with telcos in order to diversify their networks.

As its share prices continue to soar, the semiconductor company is focusing its attention on communications services providers (CSPs), who need powerful and scalable platforms that also do not compromise on energy efficiency or costs.

The telco industry is currently shifting towards more open and virtualised networks in the 5G Radio Access Network (RAN) space. This will only continue to gain momentum for CSPs given the advantages, which include the ability to easily build, customise and manage the network for diverse requirements. 

Advancing telco and 5G networking leadership

The mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) market is expected to grow from US$66.13bn in 2023 to US$91.68bn by 2028, at a CAGR of 6.75%. Currently, the largest market is in the USA, which was expected to be worth US$27.6bn by the end of 2023.

During a time of massive digital transformation, MVNOs are starting to more frequently integrate AI and machine learning technologies to help enterprises and customers better manage network traffic and meet accelerated demand.

AI can be transformative within the telco sector, as it holds the potential to streamline operations, increase efficiency and improve customer experience.

With this in mind, AMD has been showcasing its advances in 5G, 6G, vRAN and OpenRAN at MWC Barcelona 2024. The event marks two years since AMD closed its acquisition of semiconductor manufacturing company Xilinx, further cementing AMD as a leading player in telco and networking.

The company is currently working to expand its product portfolio from processors for 5G networking, to telco accelerators and adaptive computing for wireless infrastructure. For instance, AMD telco accelerator cards are able to free up telco server processors for more commercialised software functions - allowing easier deployment for the 5G virtualised edge.

Moving towards virtualised RAN solutions

5G operators are moving away from the more traditional proprietary wireless equipment and instead opting for a more open telco server approach. A more virtualised 5G allows telco services to be offered at the edge, which includes video streaming and gaming.

With this in mind, AMD is seeking to break new ground in the telco sector via 5G and compute innovations. The company’s EPYC processors aim to deliver high performance and reduce energy consumption, enabling users to meet higher demands with fewer physical servers - ultimately lowering network and cooling costs for telco operators.

The processors are being used by the likes of Ericsson and Telstra to deliver energy efficiency and modernisation for innovative 5G core functions. According to Ericsson, the EPYC CPUs can deliver up to 49% less energy consumption.

This news comes after the AI-RAN Alliance was announced at MWC Barcelona 2024, designed to incorporate AI into the enhancement of RAN performance.

Ericsson is a member, in addition to Microsoft, NVIDIA, AWS and Samsung, to name a few. In fact, Samsung is also expanding its collaboration with AMD to advance vRAN and OpenRAN systems to offer more flexibility to customers.

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