TIP MEMBERS TO ISSUE Open RAN RFIs
Mavenir is a member of both TIP and the xRAN Forum. According to Bejoy Pankajakshan, Mavenir’s SVP of technology and strategy, the two groups are different in how they are addressing fronthaul, which is the interface that delivers traffic from the baseband units (BBUs) and the remote radio heads.
He added that TIP’s RFI is a good thing for Mavenir, which he describes as a software disruptive vendor, because it will force traditional network equipment providers to open up their radios allowing firm’s like Mavenir to implement xRAN and TIP use case scenarios on top of the radio.
In April the xRAN Forum released its first specification dedicated to virtualizing the fronthaul portion of the network. Pankajakshan said the group is planning to release an update to that spec next month.