Legacy baseband average a 3 year life in a network and a 3 year development cycle to get to market. The problem is, you never know how far technology will port to previous generations of your network or what features are critical 3 years from today. Why deploy a locked-in custom box when you can simply upgrade the one you have via software.
It’s important to use the right tool for the job. Indoor and outdoor builds have different challenges, so why use the same architecture for both? The ‘Outdoor – In’ model adds needless parts, driving up space needs, power consumption, and Capex cost. XRAN has virtualized all layers of the stack, including Layer 1, removing needless radios and jumpers, making it perfect for indoor purposes.
Less cables, less coax and less equipment means more efficiency and cost savings.