MAVENIR SURVEY REVEALS 100% MOBILE OPERATORS PLAN TO IMPLEMENT OPEN RAN
STRONG MOMENTUM TOWARDS GENERAL PURPOSE, VENDOR NEUTRAL HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE-DEFINED TECHNOLOGY
Richardson, Texas, October 4, 2019 – Mavenir, the industry’s only end-to-end Network Software Provider and a leader in accelerating software network transformation for communications service providers (CSPs), revealed results of a recent Mobile Operator survey on Open RAN. The survey, conducted by mobile industry analyst and consultant firm Senza Fili, was meant to gauge intent and gather feedback from Service providers to better understand the need and requirements for Open RAN products.
Key results were:
• 100% of operators are considering using Open RAN in key scenarios
• 43% of respondents are open to replace current vendors
• Cost savings were mentioned by 25% of respondents as a reason to consider multiple vendors
• 84% operators will consider deploying RRUs and BBUs from different vendors in Open RAN deployments.
• Lower cost radios seen as a key component to Open RAN interface adoption
Mavenir is a leader supporting operator and ecosystem business transformation through Open RAN adoption, as it will enable service providers with more flexibility in vendor selection, cost advantages (Capex/Opex) and future innovations. Mavenir has deployed the first Open RAN in Brazil, which is a deployment that is truly open – defined as open software on open radio hardware, not a proprietary configuration.
Monica Paolini, Founder and President of Senza Fili said, “In the survey, operators show a widespread and consistent interest in moving to Open RAN architectures to increase in capacity and coverage in existing networks, to roll out greenfield deployments, and add new RAN vendors.”
“Mavenir has been a pioneer of Open RAN and open interfaces,” said John Baker, SVP Mavenir. “We’ve been participating in and driving Open RAN business transformation so the results from this survey are very encouraging. For the first time in many years, opportunities for new suppliers in what has been a closed ecosystem, are now opening and operators are actively making this change happen.”
An objective of the Open RAN initiative is to migrate and virtualize RAN functions on to industry standard servers. Mavenir works with Intel on deriving their Open RAN products based on contributions from the Intel FlexRAN reference architecture. The FlexRAN reference architecture is based on the Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors to enable the highly optimized Open RAN workloads to run on the Intel architecture cores with Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions 512 instructions for baseband processing.
To learn more about the survey and view the results download the presentation.