Intel announced a new pact with AT&T that will see the company provide silicon for the deployment of the telecom’s virtualized radio access network (vRAN).
The partnership was unveiled alongside a slate of other announcements at the Intel Innovation event. President of AT&T Labs and chief technology officer Andre Fuetsch said AT&T’s rollout strategy will leverage Intel’s product portfolio, noting that the two companies have been collaborating for years in transforming AT&T’s 5G core and RAN.
Dan Rodriguez, vice president of the Network Platforms Group at Intel, told ZDNet that the partnership will give AT&T “the flexibility to bring automation and cloud-like capabilities into its network, along with optimizations for performance, cost and operational efficiency.”
Google Cloud was involved in the announcement as well, with Intel debuting a “deep collaboration” on an ASIC-based IPU they codenamed “Mount Evans.” The two will work on the “design and development of this first-of-its-kind open solution supported by industry-standard programming language and open sourced Infrastructure Programmer Development kit to simplify developer access to the technology in Google Cloud data centers.”
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