EdgeQ Introduces Industry’s First Subscription-Based 5G Chipset-as-a-Service Model

EdgeQ Introduces Industry’s First Subscription-Based 5G Chipset-as-a-Service Model712370

EdgeQ, a 5G systems-on-a-chip company, introduced the industry’s first 5G chipset-as-a-service model, offering customers a future proof platform that can scale 5G and AI features as a function of subscription payments. This new service model is the very first in the chip industry to scale price, performance and features as a function of need and use. With 5G expected to address a rich cross-section of endpoints, ranging from consumer smartphones to industrial 4.0 automation to V2X communications to radio and distributed unit base stations, the traditional silicon approach of a highly leveraged, single priced design for all markets is no longer viable. 

Customers look to a subscription-based model with different service tiering to mirror need and use. A service-oriented model provides customers with the freedom to scale from nominal to advanced 5G features such as ultra-reliable low latency communications, geo-location services, massive MIMO, fine-grained network slicing, as well as extending compatibility to other legacy wireless protocols. By uniquely coupling EdgeQ’s software-driven base station-on-a-chip technology with a chipset-as-a-service model, customers can now focus on a virtualized 5G deployment model where feature attributes can be turned on and off via software. EdgeQ’s unique combination of elastic chip architecture and a software RAN (radio access network) stack allows customers to only pay for features that map to their real needs.

By offering chipset-as-a-service, EdgeQ elevates the 5G Open Radio Access network (O-RAN) to an even more configurable, elastic, open wireless infrastructure. Enterprise network, telco, and cloud providers can use EdgeQ to virtualize network resources, allowing elastic scaling of 5G services on demand. Customers can pace up their needs and demands via tiered subscription packages, thereby minimizing the massive upfront Capex of fully burdened hardware. Network providers can instantaneously provision finely tuned services (such as massive MIMO or Ultra-Reliable Low Latency Communications) and incorporate a matching pricing model based on use and value. EdgeQ’s ORAN compliant 5G platform allows dynamic reconfiguration and future scale without the need to rip and replace field-deployed systems. And customers can now access a more intelligent, elastic, services-driven physical layer.

The Pay-as-you-go model delivers cost-efficiency and full customizability

EdgeQ uniquely converges 5G and AI in a richly formatted but software-defined manner. By leveraging a paid subscription model, customers can select specific packages for 5G services that best reflect the level of user support, coverage, bandwidth, and network services. As a result, organizations can deploy EdgeQ inexpensively with basic 5G connectivity, and then upgrade to more advanced services as their business needs evolve. This approach allows customers to lower upfront CAPEX costs and de-risk investment in features and functionalities that may never get used.

Joe Madden, Chief Analyst and Founder of Mobile Experts Inc commented that EdgeQ is taking an innovative approach to the business model for semiconductors in wireless infrastructure. As in other markets, the opportunity is to shift from up-front cost to a ‘pay as you go’ model, and EdgeQ proposes to use this business model right down to the chip level. By creating a common architectural platform whose feature set scales through software, EdgeQ proposes to shift the value point from fixed hardware design to elastic software differentiation. This could potentially save money over the life cycle of radio by enabling quick and easy software upgrades for new features, moving the hardware-based radio market in the same direction as cloud-native virtual networks.

EdgeQ’s new business model gives organizations the flexibility and extensibility to manage and nurture their networks fluidly. The control and management become purely cloud-based. The price-performance becomes tightly correlated to real needs. And customers can now dynamically scale their 5G networks in an environment known for long life cycles and unpredictable unknowns.

Vinay Ravuri, CEO and Founder of EdgeQ, stated that their vision at EdgeQ has always been about implementing 5G in a format that is accessible, consumable, and intuitive for the customers. EdgeQ is not only the first company to converge both 5G and AI on a single chip for wireless infrastructure, but they are also able to make those capabilities available in a SaaS model. This fundamentally reduces the initial Capex investment required for 5G, thereby removing both technical and economic barriers of 5G adaptation at greenfield enterprises. This pay-as-you-go model ensures that the evolving demands of the market can leverage the full fluidity and elasticity of EdgeQ’s 5G-as-a-Service product.

Publisher: everything RF
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