NTT: Nvidia, NTT Docomo to launch new GPU-accelerated 5G network

Oct 04, 2023 | Posted by Abdul-Rahman Oladimeji

NTT Docomo has partnered with semiconductor company Nvidia to deploy a GPU-accelerated wireless solution in its network in Japan. This partnership will make it the first telco in the world to deploy a GPU-accelerated commercial 5G network.

A blog post by Nvidia noted that this partnership "enables telcos to create a fully software and cloud-defined network that can dynamically allocate resources using industry-standard equipment."

Sadayuki Abeta, global head of Open RAN solutions at NTT Docomo, added: "Open RAN offers the opportunity to build next-generation 5G networks with unprecedented flexibility and scalability thanks to multivendor connections. We look forward to continuing working with Nvidia on infrastructure solutions that meet those needs."

The semiconductor company mentions that this 5G Open RAN solution is the first 5G vRAN for telco commercial deployment. It uses its Aerial platform with a hardened, carrier-grade vRAN stack. The platform combines the NVIDIA Aerial vRAN stack for 5G, AI frameworks, accelerated compute infrastructure, and long-term software support and maintenance.