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.