TEWKSBURY, Mass. & RICHARDSON, Tex. – Altiostar and Mavenir, two industry leading companies who have advocated for Open Radio Access Network (RAN) and OpenRAN (based on disaggregation of hardware and software elements), announced today a collaboration to deliver a wide portfolio of radios based on OpenRAN principles for the US market. Both companies 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 both Tier-1 and rural operators in the US.
Today, the increased demand for OpenRAN solutions in the US requires a strong supply chain. Yet, very few companies are participating in the current supply chain and those that do offer only proprietary radio solutions lacking open interfaces that are not interoperable with third party equipment. In addition, the requirement to procure products from trusted vendors in the US market is also causing operators to reconsider supplier options. OpenRAN radios provide new possibilities for operators to implement a more cost effective and best of breed solution as networks move to 5G and beyond.
As part of this effort, it is also planned to have these radios available to support the Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Act that was signed into law on March 12, 2020.
Mavenir and Altiostar have committed to work together to develop a full set of FCC banded radios to be available starting June 2020, with a complete set of radios in the market by Q1 2021. The parties are also committed to making these OpenRAN radios available to be sourced by all Open RAN vendors and system integrators, widening the OpenRAN supply chain in the US market to meet the frequency band needs of both Tier 1 and rural operators. The exact specification and delivery dates of these radios will be announced in the future.
Mavenir and Altiostar have been pioneers of OpenRAN, including founding board members of the Open RAN Policy Coalition, as well as part of the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) and O-RAN Alliance.
Members of the Open RAN Policy Coalition 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.
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