The journey towards an open 5G architecture in the US is moving apace, and Altiostar (opens in new tab) and Mavenir (opens in new tab), two leading proponents of Open Radio Access Network (Open RAN), have announced a collaboration to deliver a new portfolio of radios based on Open RAN principles for the US market.
As Huawei continues to be frozen out of 5G networks in the United states and elsewhere, there’s a considerable opportunity for other vendors to step in and fill the void left by the Chinese tech giant. To this end, Altiostar and Mavenir will be supporting the development of radios through third party OEM’s that will be based on O-RAN open interfaces, and will address the frequencies of mobile network operators (MNOs) in the US.
Mavenir (a cloud software provider for CSPS) and Altiostar (a leading radio manufacturer) are supporters of Open RAN, and are founding board members (opens in new tab) of the Open RAN Policy Coalition, as well as part of the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) (opens in new tab) and O-RAN Alliance (opens in new tab). And in May 2020 , Altiostar, NEC, and Rakuten Mobile also announced the testing of the industry’s first O-RAN Alliance-compliant multi-vendor massive-multi-input, multi-output (mMIMO) 5G with vRAN in Japan.
“Altiostar has been at the forefront of the Open RAN movement that is now being embraced by mobile operators around the world,” said Ashraf Dahod, CEO of Altiostar Networks. “Our collaboration with Mavenir on Open RAN radios will ensure operators in the US have a truly open end-to-end infrastructure that will be cost effective and allows them to grow their business.”
The full promise of OpenRAN
According to the announcement of the new partnership, “the requirement to procure products from trusted vendors in the US market is also causing operators to reconsider supplier options”. And Open RAN radios provide new options for operators to implement a secure, cost effective and flexible network.
“We are collaborating with Altiostar to realize the full promise of OpenRAN. Our Radios will have O-RAN compliant interfaces and will interwork with other vendors’ solutions,” said Pardeep Kohli, President and CEO of Mavenir. “I encourage other companies in the OpenRAN Policy Coalition to open their radios and ensure a broad supply of radios with open interfaces that are interoperable with third party equipment.”
As part of this effort, it is also planned to have these radios available to support the Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Act (opens in new tab), which became US law in March. And Mavenir and Altiostar will work together to develop a full set of FCC banded radios which will be commercially available from June 2020, with a complete set of radios in the market by Q1 2021.
Members of the Open RAN Policy Coalition (opens in new tab) include Airspan, Altiostar, AT&T, AWS, Cisco, CommScope, Dell, DISH Network, Facebook, Fujitsu, Google, IBM, Intel, Juniper Networks, Mavenir, Microsoft, NEC Corporation, NewEdge Signal Solutions, Nokia, NTT, Oracle, Parallel Wireless, Qualcomm, Rakuten Mobile, Samsung Electronics America, Telefónica, US Cellular, US Ignite, Verizon, VMWare, Vodafone, World Wide Technology, and XCOM-Labs.