ASTRI to demonstrate C-RAN virtual cell solution on Artesyn MaxCore Platform at Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona 

[27 February 2017, Hong Kong] Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) has collaborated with Artesyn Embedded Technologies to develop a Centralised Radio Access Network (C-RAN) virtual cell demonstration. A live demonstration of C-RAN virtual cells running on an Artesyn MaxCore™ platform is being showcased at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017 in Barcelona Spain.

The demonstration shows live video streaming and real-time data traffic on a high density wireless network deployed with ASTRI’s C-RAN virtual cells. Artesyn’s MaxCore platform supports the Baseband Unit (BBU) pool processing – connected to Sunnada Remote Radio Units (RRUs), enabling Joint Transmission (JT) and Joint Reception (JR). The mobility of the terminals is also tracked inside the BBU pool to avoid handover.

ASTRI’s C-RAN virtual cells reference design is based on the Intel X86 CPU architecture and can use Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV) frameworks. The design supports LTE release 9 and above, and is scalable to support up to 96 LTE cells. It also supports flexible partitions of BBU pool and RRUs trading off network latency and cell-coordination requirements. The design also supports live migration, where the system can flexibly configure the processor resources for different traffic loads. The unused processor resources could support other applications such as Mobile Edge Computing (MEC). This design could also support High Availability (HA) by using the Artesyn MaxCore™ HA platform.

The demonstrations take place at the Sunnada booth (Hall 5, Stand 5G70) in MWC 2017 being held at Fira Gran Via, Barcelona, Spain from 27 February to 2 March 2017.


Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute Company Limited (ASTRI) was founded by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in 2000 with the mission of enhancing Hong Kong’s competitiveness in technology-based industries through applied research.  ASTRI’s core R&D competences in various areas are organised under seven Technology Divisions, namely Communications Technologies, Electronics Components, Mixed Signal Systems IC, Advanced Digital Systems, Opto-electronics, Security and Data Sciences, and Intelligent Software and Systems. Five areas of applications including financial technologies, intelligent manufacturing, next generation network, health technologies, and smart city are identified for major pursuit. For further information about ASTRI, please visit

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