You No Longer Have To Be A Large Corporation To Deploy Wireless Networks
The potential of LimeSDR to disrupt the global wireless industry is difficult to overstate. Software Defined Radio is no longer a high cost, customised project rather than a mass market proposition. Affordable SDR has far reaching implications, accelerating the migration in RAN architecture from dedicated macro-cell hardware to small cells running in the cloud. A shift is set to occur in market power from a select number of suppliers of Base Stations, proprietary software and networks, to a loose coalition of software developers and open source enthusiasts.
LimeSDR is an opportunity to lower the cost of coverage and accelerate the snail’s pace internet connectivity in rural areas. Lime is working with a growing number of operators including UK mobile operator EE who will be running a pilot of LimeSDR to test coverage in remote areas of Scotland. This offers telcos reduced dependence on the big three network equipment providers (NEPs) Ericsson, Nokia and Huawei but at the same time offers NEPs an opportunity to migrate revenues from hardware to services with the global migration to commodity virtualised network supported by a large community of developers.
Lime is also participating in broader industry initiatives to encourage infrastructure owners to embrace open source and virtualised networks. Lime is a member of CORD (Central Office Re-architected as a Datacenter), an open source project led by the Linux Foundation and ON.Lab to introduce cloud and virtualisation to telco infrastructure. CORD members include some of the world’s largest telcos including AT&T, SK Telecom, NTT and Telefonica.More recently Lime has also joined Facebook’s Telecom Infrastructure Project (TIP) tasked with reimagining the traditional approach to telecom infrastructure and addressing the ‘4.5 billion unconnected’.
There are far reaching implications and opportunities for LimeSDR as the wireless industry restructures around open source and virtualisation accelerating the adoption of new business models in a software dominated world.