Mavenir opens UK development centre for Open RAN

April 22, 2021 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Mavenir opens UK development centre for Open RAN
Dedicated to software and system design for Open RAN Radio Units, the centre aims to accelerate the Open RAN ecosystem and local economy

Mavenir has announced the opening of a Development Centre in Swindon, United Kingdom to develop Open RAN Radio software. The investment is part of a larger programme to increase Mavenir’s presence and contributions in the UK and follows the acquisition of ip.access and the opening of the Centre of Excellence for Multi Radio Access Technology in Cambridge.

Dedicated to software and system design for Open RAN Radio Units, the new Centre in Swindon is intended to broaden the future development of Open RAN-based systems. One of the key projects is the development of an Open-Source software for the Control Board and management plane of the Open RAN O-RAN 7.2 compatible Remote Radio Unit (RRU). This software is intended to be made available to all RRU manufacturers to accelerate the availability of Open RAN RRUs in different versions and frequencies while providing a common management interface. This initiative will enable MNOs to have the same management software on any Open RAN RRUs independent of supplier and provide an even smoother interoperability and upgrade path.

“This work is another step in validating the principles of Open RAN whilst simplifying element integration into operator networks through the use of a common RRU interface,” says Mikael Rylander, Senior Vice President and General Manager at Mavenir. “We are providing tools and open-source software to the RRU community in order to let them focus on their unique strengths and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) in the digital and analog performance parts of the Radio. We aim to simplify interoperability across all ORAN interfaces, including Orchestration and Maintenance (O&M) capabilities”.

This new investment in Swindon will add to Mavenir’s existing talent pool in the UK and supports the UK Government’s vendor Diversification Strategy unveiled in December 2020 and the Telecoms Diversification Taskforce report published by DCMS this week.

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