VODAFONE AND TELEFONICA TRIAL TIP’s OpenRAN PLATFORMS
Mavenir earlier this month announced that it had formed an OpenRAN Partner Ecosystem that includes MTI, Baicell, NEC, Fujitsu, Sercomm, AceAxis, KMW, Benetel, CommScope, Blue Danube Systems, and Airrays. Mavenir will act as a systems integrator and said that by handling the multivendor integration and interoperability it can compete with traditional hardware-centric RAN vendors like Ericsson, Nokia, and Huawei.
All these initiatives from TIP, Cisco, and Mavenir are supposed to be complementary to the O-RAN Alliance’s efforts. The O-RAN Alliance, which was created by combining the xRAN Forum with the C-RAN Alliance, recently announced that it had developed the M-Plane specification to allow the baseband unit and the radio unit to exchange information about things like configuration. This is necessary so that radios from different vendors can work together.