By ET Bureau - March 03, 2022 4 Mins Read
Mavenir is a networking software provider building future-proof networks with cloud-native software that runs on any cloud and changes the way the world connects. The company announced today that it has been selected by Türk Telekom to collaborate on the Open Virtualized Radio Access Network (Open vRAN) pilot project. The Telecommunications Infrastructure Project (TIP) will support the pilot, while ComPro Information Technologies Inc will act as the systems integrator.
Türk Telekom, Turkey’s leading first integrated telecom operator, has long been working on the development of Open RAN technology that will be active in 5G networks. With this vision, Türk Telekom joined TIP, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting open technologies and decentralized ecosystems to facilitate their adoption.
The pilot project at Türk Telekom aims to contribute to the work carried out by the Open RAN and Open Transport project groups within TIP. Built on the world’s first fully containerized, virtualized Open RAN Split 7.2x architecture, Mavenir’s award-winning Open vRAN solution brings operators greater business agility, network resiliency and flexibility. Mavenir provides Türk Telekom with a comprehensive end-to-end Open vRAN solution that will support existing 4G networks and extend 5G coverage through a single architecture.
Centralized Units (CUs) and Distributed Units (DUs) are responsible for aggregated processing, simplifying cellular base stations and improving total cost of ownership (TCO). Regarding the overall architecture, ComPro’s main responsibilities as a system integrator include timely delivery and installation of various O-RAN compliant components, while ensuring smooth integration of multi-vendor solutions. ”
The pilot project will include 4G radio units (RUs), 4G small cells , and 5G massive multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) RUs with embedded beamforming technology compliant with the O-RAN Alliance fronthaul specification. The pilot project will test Open vRAN at the Türk Telekom Innovation Center and at the pilot site.
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” A virtualized and interoperable open network based on cloud-native software and technologies can significantly reduce capital and operational costs while accelerating delivery to Communications Service Providers (CSPs), ” said Puneet Sethi, Senior Vice President, Radio Access Networks, Mavenir . Network. The move to Open vRAN is an industry leadership milestone for Türk Telekom, and Mavenir and our system integrator partner ComPro are proud to be part of this. Türk Telekom is selecting suppliers based on quality and functional innovation to build a new generation of networks. Once Open vRAN is integrated into the network, Türk Telekom will be able to select best-in-class RAN products from the vast O-RAN ecosystem.”
Commenting on the news, Türk Telekom CTO Yusuf Kıraç said: ” We are delighted to be partnering with Mavenir, ComPro and TIP on this Open vRAN pilot project. We are seeing disruptive technologies such as Open vRAN facilitating the future of networking There is great potential for sustainable development. We are proud to contribute to the Telecommunications Infrastructure Project (TIP) and strongly believe that this and similar projects will play an important role in developing the O-RAN ecosystem and future networks.”
Hakan Yildiz, Vice President of ComPro Information Technologies, said: “ We are delighted to play the role of system integrator in the ongoing Türk Telekom 4G/5G Open vRAN pilot project supported by TIP. This is a goal led by Mavenir A grand undertaking involving several first-class technology providers. We are determined to work together to provide a more mature and industry-disruptive Open vRAN solution, which will save Turkey’s first integrated telecom operator, Türk Telekom, significant OPEX/Investment expenditure Pave the way.”
Mavenir is exhibiting in Hall 2, Stand 2H60 at Mobile World Congress 2022 at the Fira Gran Via convention center in Barcelona, Spain.
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