Operators and their vendors spend a lot of time defining the standards on which they will base their equipment and services, like with 5G and most every other “G” that came before. In the open source community as well, they’re coming together in places like the Open Network Foundation (ONF) to create reference designs that form the basis of what they’re trying to do. Mavenir believes in open interfaces and the necessary disruption in the industry for operators to become profitable or, for that matter, to even provide basic coverage,
In April, the xRAN Forum announced the availability of a fronthaul specification that effectively enables an operator to buy a remote radio unit (RRU) from one vendor and a baseband unit (BBU) from another. That was seen as a game-changer for the industry in that it opened up an area that’s been locked down by the biggest radio infrastructure players the past 10 to 15 years due to the Common Protocol Radio Interface (CPRI).
Mavenir works with more than 300 operators around the globe, so it’s not exactly small potatoes. But that change in the spec effectively opened up the market to disruptors like itself. “It makes it a lot easier and we can finally compete on a level playing field from a technical perspective,” said Mavenir Business Development SVP John Baker.
Telefónica and Vodafone are each issuing a Request for Information (RFI) for OpenRAN solutions as part of TIP, which launched its OpenRAN Project Group in 2017 with the aim of developing fully programmable RAN solutions based on General Purpose Processing Platforms (GPPP) and disaggregated software.
Dell Technologies Partner Video: Open RAN Ecosystem
Watch this short video to see how Mavenir and Dell Technologies have jointly validated an end-to-end Open RAN solution and are working with CSP customers to demonstrate capabilities.
Open RAN in 2022: Enabling a Continuous Flow of Innovation
For operators, hosting radio workloads in cloud environments can facilitate a host of optimizations based on near-real-time network telemetry and the ability to act on that data. For enterprise customers focused not on technology but on use cases and attendant outcomes, Open RAN is the path forward—complex problems require tailored solutions. While questions remain about go-to-market strategies, engagement and governance models, and the ability to scale, the momentum is building and the finish line is in sight.
Podcast: Mavenir Says 5G a Key Bet for Growth of ORAN in India
With India getting closer to its first commercial 5G network – Telecom Talk interviews Mavenir’s Sanjay Raina, VP for India & South Asia, to understand how 5G benefits multiple industries across India and the role of Open RAN architecture in the roll-out of 5G.
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