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Glossary

Learn about advanced telecom and cloud-based networking functions and technologies that are enabling the latest wave of innovations in the telecom industry.​

Radio Access Network

RAN

A radio access network (RAN) is part of a mobile telecommunication system. It resides between a device such as a mobile phone, a computer, or any remotely controlled machine and provides a connection with its core network (CN). Depending on the standard, mobile phones, and other wireless connected devices are widely known as user equipment (UE), terminal equipment, mobile station (MS), etc. RAN functionality is typically provided by a silicon chip residing in both the core network and the user equipment.

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