Mavenir’s 5G-ready virtualised RAN solution has won ‘Best RAN Product’
at 5G MENA in Dubai, this week. The award, which recognises the solution
that best aids the development of RANs and supports the roll-out of 5G
services, was awarded to Mavenir’s innovative solution which centralizes
baseband processing in cloud-native virtualized baseband units (vBBU)
and exploits fronthaul over ethernet between vBBU and multiple remote
radio units (RRU).
The solution supports carrier aggregation across licensed and unlicensed
LTE (FDD/TDD) spectrum between 0.7 and 6 GHz, CBRS and LAA bands. The
Mavenir vRAN architecture and platform can support 4G as well as both
the NSA and SA implementations of 5G NR.
With open interfaces, the solution has the flexibility to support
various deployment scenarios – including functional split 2 for
enterprises and split 2 & 7 for macro cells. It can also support massive
MIMO, edge micro services and network slicing for 5G NR.
Described as the “only Full Virtualized RAN for Neutral Host” by a major
operator, the Mavenir vRAN solution is opening up a whole new market for
multi-operator in-building systems and will help fuel mass deployment
within enterprise markets.
Because the Mavenir vRAN solution is 100% software and runs on COTS
hardware, operators can rapidly deploy new features into their networks,
without waiting for, or need to forklift in, updated hardware. Migration
from 4G to 5G is achieved through a straightforward software update. For
the first time, operators will have the ability to differentiate from
their competitors by offering unique features through by customization
of their own software.
A number of operator RAN RFIs were published at the Telecom
Infrastructure Project (TIP) Summit in October 2018 where Vodafone and
Telefónica named Mavenir in their selection of vendors candidates for
RAN solutions. Since then, Mavenir has begun OpenRAN trials based on the
O-RAN interface specifications where Mavenir contributed significantly.
“Mavenir’s innovative approach to solving the Neutral Host technology
challenge now opens the space for new entrances and capital investment
in the small cells and in building space,” said Mark Charman, Mavenir’s
VP Middle East and Africa who accepted the award. “We are very proud to
have been awarded best RAN product at 5G MENA. It is recognition of our
commitment to creating new ways to architect, deploy and operate
wireless networks and giving mobile operators the flexibility to
experiment with new network topologies and service offerings.”
Analysis by Senza Fili Research suggests the Mavenir vRAN would save 37%
in total cost of ownership (TCO) over a five-year period due to a 49%
reduction in capex and a 31% annual reduction in opex.
Mavenir is the industry’s only 100% software, End-to End, Cloud-Native
Network Software Provider. Focused on accelerating software network
transformation and redefining network economics for Communications
Service Providers (CSPs) by offering a comprehensive end-to-end product
portfolio across every layer of the network infrastructure stack. From
5G application/service layers to packet core and RAN – Mavenir leads the
way in evolved, cloud-native networking solutions enabling innovative
and secure experiences for end users. Leveraging industry-leading firsts
in VoLTE, VoWiFi, Advanced Messaging (RCS), Multi-ID, vEPC and
Virtualized RAN, Mavenir accelerates network transformation for more
than 250+ CSP customers in over 130 countries, serving over 50% of the
We embrace disruptive, innovative technology architectures and business
models that drive service agility, flexibility, and velocity. With
solutions that propel NFV evolution to achieve web-scale economics,
Mavenir offers solutions to help CSPs with cost reduction, revenue
generation and revenue protection. Learn more at mavenir.com.