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NI, Radisys and CommScope Collaborate on 28 GHz 5G New Radio InterOperability Device Testing

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NI (Nasdaq: NATI), the provider of platform-based systems that help
engineers and scientists solve the world’s greatest engineering
challenges; Radisys®, a global leader of open telecom solutions; and
CommScope (NASDAQ: COMM), a global leader in infrastructure solutions
for communications networks, today announced that they have collaborated
to demonstrate a 28 GHz 5G New Radio (NR) network at the Brooklyn 5G
Summit 2019. This first public demonstration of the three companies’
collaboration shows a 28 GHz base station or gNodeB built from a
CommScope remote radio unit (RRU) running software developed by Radisys
that communicates with an NI
Test UE

Commercial rollout of sub-6 GHz 5G networks has begun, and mmWave
technology continues to be developed even as this rollout is underway.
Research and development teams around the globe have been tackling the
challenges that mmWave presents, and early versions of 28 GHz equipment
are emerging. An important step in delivering this technology to market
is helping to ensure that network equipment (gNodeB) and user equipment
(UE) work together properly (commonly referred to as InterOperability
Device Testing, IoDT) and that the technology can be used in a variety
of scenarios from inside a lab to outdoor field trials.

This demo showcases a 3GPP Release 15 non-standalone mmWave network
created using equipment from multiple vendors. The above-6 GHz NI Test
UE runs a physical layer designed by NI on NI’s mmWave Transceiver
System and a mmWave software defined radio (SDR) with an upper layer
stack provided by Radisys. The 5G NR Software Suite by Radisys enables
the NI Test UE in mmWave frequency spectrum for non-standalone and
standalone modes of operation. The gNodeB is built with a physical layer
running on an Intel FlexRAN, an upper layer protocol stack provided by
Radisys and a remote radio unit (RRU), or antenna, from CommScope. A
commercial LTE small cell is used as the LTE anchor. Combined, this
system can make a live 5G NR mmWave call between the NI Test UE and the
commercial 5G base station, made up of a CommScope RRU, Intel FlexRAN
and Radisys protocol stack.

“We’re pleased to work with industry leaders NI and CommScope to power
this important demonstration that showcases the industry’s first
multivendor RAN ecosystem based on O-RAN compliant specifications,
especially the F1 interface for CU – DU disaggregation enabling mmWave
5G deployments for cases beyond just fixed wireless backhaul,” said
Neeraj Patel, vice president and general manager of Software and
Services at Radisys. “In addition to delivering a scalable Open RAN
solution, Radisys also provided integration, test and validation
services for end-to-end operationalization of the complete system from
the UE to the gNB to the core network. We’re excited about the
possibilities that 5G offers to our customers, and we’re committed to
accelerating commercialization of these successful trials.”

Farid Firouzbakht, CommScope senior vice president of RF products, said,
“Our integrated antenna enables the full capabilities of 5G mmWave
spectrum bands while offering maximum flexibility within an open RAN
environment. As a contributing member to the ORAN organization, we
endorse the benefits of an open baseband interface for enabling more
innovation in the wireless marketplace.”

James Kimery, NI director of marketing for wireless research, said,
“This demonstration validates NI’s hardware and software mmWave SDR
platform by involving commercial vendors CommScope and Radisys. This is
one of the first end-to-end mmWave systems developed, and it clearly
demonstrates multivendor interoperability that is critical to the wider
5G ecosystem.”

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About Radisys

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providers to drive disruption with new open architecture business
models. Radisys’ innovative disaggregated and virtualized enabling
technology solutions leverage open reference architectures and
standards, combined with open software and hardware to power business
transformation for the telecom industry, while its world-class services
organization delivers systems integration expertise necessary to solve
communications and content providers’ complex deployment challenges. For
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About CommScope

CommScope (NASDAQ: COMM) and the recently acquired ARRIS and Ruckus
Networks are redefining tomorrow by shaping the future of wired and
wireless communications. Our combined global team of employees,
innovators and technologists have empowered customers in all regions of
the world to anticipate what’s next and push the boundaries of what’s
possible. Discover more at