NEC Corporation and Mavenir are claiming a deployment milestone of Virtual Open Radio Access Network (Open RAN)-based massive multiple input, multiple output (mMIMO) technology, using an open fronthaul in an experimental 5G standalone (SA) network from Orange, France. interface.
Technology companies believe that interoperability between radios and virtualized distributed units (VDUs) over the O-RAN Alliance open fronthaul interface is key to Open RAN’s ability to deploy multi-vendor networks and eliminate supplier lock-in.
The technologies are deployed at the Orange Garden campus in Chatillon, near Paris, and are part of an extension of the Paikio project – Orange’s cloud-based and fully automated experimental 5G SA networkwhich was unveiled in 2021.
Noting that it is moving towards a “zero touch network” and aiming to differentiate its services through the quality of experience it offers its customers, the global operator announced that it will be Europe’s first 5G standalone (SA) at the time. network, which will serve as a blueprint for the next generation of more efficient and agile infrastructure.
The pilot network project is designed to run over a two-year period and ramp up to include several hundred users, and is considered a key step in realizing Orange’s vision for the future of the network.
His commitment is underlined Open RAN technologyThe experimental network will be 100% software-enabled and is data and artificial intelligence (AI)-driven, fully automated and cloud-native.
Orange believes that by implementing and managing this network, it will be able to better understand how these technologies coexist and impact the network lifecycle.
The deployment sees Mavenir’s cloud-native Open Virtualized Radio Access Network (OpenVRAN) software being used on Orange’s cloud infrastructure, with NEC 32T32R mMIMO Active Antenna Unit (AAU) is intended for high-power and extended coverage.
“Mavenir and NEC’s successful open RAN deployment of MMIMO on Orange’s Innovation 5G SA test network is a major step forward in open RAN deployment, and illustrates Orange’s commitment to developing multi-vendor open RAN solutions with innovative partners,” said Orange’s Radio Access Networks. and Arnold Vamparis, Senior Vice-President of Microwaves.
“Our Open RAN Integration Center, open to our partners worldwide, contributes to the development of a strong Open RAN ecosystem in Europe.”
“The deployment of 5G SA mMIMO is a significant milestone in the development of Open RAN and the transition from virtualized to cloudified networks,” added Hubert de Pesquidaux, Executive Chairman of Mavenir. “We are very proud of our continued collaboration with Orange, NEC and other companies that are proving the potential of a multi-vendor, cloud-native, standards-based approach.”
Naohisa Matsuda, general manager of 5G strategy and business at NEC, said: “The latest deployment of Open RAN mMIMO in Europe is another milestone for Open RAN, and one that requires close cooperation and tight integration between multiple vendors. This synergy is exactly what is needed to successfully deliver on Open RAN’s promise of a truly open multi-vendor ecosystem.
“Forward-thinking mobile operators like Orange are demonstrating the potential of Open RAN mMIMO. Now is the right time for the mobile industry to follow the blueprint set by industry-leading operators to move into a new era of open RAN-powered connectivity.”