Mavenir and Xilinx, Inc. are collaborating to bring to market a unified 4G/5G O-RAN massive MIMO (mMIMO) portfolio to enable Open RAN deployments. The first mMIMO 64TRX joint solution is expected to be available in Q4 2021.
Mavenir is an end-to-end cloud-native Network Software Provider and a leader in accelerating software network transformation for communications service providers (CSPs), whereas Xilinx Inc. is into adaptive computing.
Working together, the two companies have successfully completed end-to-end integration of a first-generation mMIMO solution using Open RAN principles. Held at the Mavenir Lab in Bangalore, India, the integration covered multiple deployment scenarios and was evaluated by six CSPs, all leading global operators.
Mavenir delivered the Virtualized RAN (vRAN) support for mMIMO, including Core Network, CU and DU, with Xilinx providing the Category B O-RAN Radio Unit.
Pardeep Kohli, President and CEO, Mavenir, said: “This integration demonstrates an efficient Open RAN massive MIMO solution to achieve diversification of the telecommunications supply chain. This is an important milestone in the delivery of open and interoperable interfaces enabling the deployment of mMIMO in high density, high mobile traffic metro areas.”
Liam Madden, executive vice president and general manager, Wired and Wireless Group at Xilinx, added: “We were early proponents of Open RAN technology along with Mavenir and actively led in standards development in the industry through many field trials around the world.
”With the investment we have done on our market-leading wireless radio technology and massive MIMO R&D, we are excited to collaborate with Mavenir to bring our collective technology and radio system expertise together that will accelerate the deployment of market leading 5G O-RAN massive MIMO radio solutions.”