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Project to boost the 5G era

Italtel, a telecommunications company has unveiled its virtual Transcoding Unit (vTU) application to help networks improve upload performance, reduce latency and increase the battery life of connected devices.

vTU runs over any virtualised infrastructure and ARMv8 microservers and leverages mobile edge computing technology to deliver an ultra-broadband experience.

Italtel co-ordinated with Virtual Open Systems (VOSYS), to demonstrate the application at Mobile World Congress (MWC 2017).

Giulio Gaetani, head of the software business unit at Italtel, said:One of the pillars of 5G is the deployment of advanced radio access networks that integrate the traditional mobile access network with wireless wide area network, reinforcing the concept of heterogeneous networks.

“It is in this context that we have developed vTU, leveraging mobile edge computing technology. vTU works by transcoding and caching the video during the download, offering a wide set of codecs and quality, according to the requirements of the end-user watching the video.”

Daniel Raho, director of VOSYS, added: “ARMv8 architecture virtualisation is a key enabler for efficient, powerful and flexible mobile edge computing.

“With extensive use of acceleration techniques for both the Virtual Network Functions (VNFs) and the Virtual Switch (VOSYSwitch), it is possible to achieve an impressive performance/watt ratio.”

The application is part of the architecture developed in the within the Small-cell Co-ordination for Multi-tenancy and Edge services (SESAME) EU funded research project.