Mavenir Wants to Replace Baseband Units With X86
Operators have traditionally sourced proprietary equipment for the baseband unit of the radio access network (RAN) from vendors such as Nokia and Ericsson. But Mavenir is challenging these vendors with baseband units that are comprised of x86 servers with open software running on top.
“Our goal is to disrupt the mobile industry by looking at the whole network as software rather than hardware,” said John Baker, Mavenir’s SVP of Business Development. The company works with an ecosystem of radio providers, but its own focus is on providing software for the computational parts of the RAN.
“Today if you look at a cell site you see all these boxes on the ground,” said Baker. “It’s locked in by the current vendor. Whereas we do stuff on x86 servers with open interfaces.”