Mavenir Spearheads Open RAN Ecosystem with NEC, CommScope and Others

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Mavenir has teamed up with a number of telecoms vendors which include NEC and CommScope to launch an Open RAN partner ecosystem.

Mavenir says it will act as the End-to-End systems integrator simplifying the engagement for operators who want to deploy a flexible Cloud-based Open RAN solution. Other ecosystem partners include MTI, Tecore Networks, Baicells, AceAxis, KMW, Benetel, Blue Danube Systems and Airrays.

Interoperability testing has already been conducted based on the xRAN Option 7.2 split specification, said Mavenir. Recently, the full xRAN (now ORAN) specifications have been officially released containing the management plane (M-plane), for which Mavenir significantly contributed, making this a complete open specification. Mavenir continues to test the latest version of the Option 7.2 split with the ecosystem partners, who are committed to the Open RAN community and making their solutions commercially available.

This approach is now being favored by Operators who want to embrace Open RAN as it allows the deployment of open market (whitebox) remote radio unit (RRUs) to interwork with the virtualized cloud base band unit (vBBU) over ethernet fronthaul (FH), says Mavenir.

Pardeep Kohli, President and CEO, Mavenir
Mavenir would like to encourage any other player to support this effort which will result in a significant disruptive game changer as operators continue to seek a new economic model in a world where a traditional, hardware-based approach is no longer a viable option.

Daryl Schoolar, Practice Leader, Service Provider Infrastructure and Software, Ovum
End-to-end solution integration makes it easier for smaller operators to deploy these solutions as Mavenir will take on the responsibility of interoperability testing and multi-vendor integration. Smaller operators can lack the internal resources to deploy and manage a multi-vendor network.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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