Mavenir moves open RAN mobile software to the cloud

Mavenir moves open RAN mobile software to the cloud

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Open-source mobile vendor Mavenir has taken a major step to move many of its products to the cloud.

Texas-based Mavenir last year supplied the software for Vodafone UK’s first mobile base station (pictured) to use open radio access network (O RAN or open RAN) technology.

Now it says that has “expanded and cloudified its portfolio”, a move it calls “solutions [that] support the ongoing cloudification of the mobile networks, to enable [operators] to meet the growing data demands on their networks”.

The launch includes a web-scale platform, artificial intelligence (AI) and analytics, multi-access edge computing (MEC) and a digital enablement platform.

Suresh Somasundaram, SVP of 5G cloud platforms at Mavenir, said: “Mobile networks require digital transformation towards webscale platform technology that utilises open source, Kubernetes platform as a service (PaaS).”

He said this “provides the foundation for fully automated lifecycle management”, adding: “It is built for mainly IT and enterprise applications and requires additional and specialised functions to support telecom and specifically, mobile workloads.”

Mavenir will use “standard opensource PaaS components to support telco needs for webscale deployment and to provide agile delivery of new applications expanding to performance, monitoring, legal intercept and security”, he said. “Mavenir’s webscale platform is the solution to give mobile operators the webscale agility of the internet players.”

Bejoy Pankajakshan, Mavenir’s chief strategy officer, said: “Mavenir is a partner of choice for telcos looking to offer new mission critical network edge solutions, transform network operations and business models for new 5G networks.”

Last year Mavenir bought UK small-cell company ip.access, and then withdrew its plan to raise US$300 million on the US Nasdaq market. CFO Terry Hungle told the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC): “The company has determined not to proceed with the initial public offering contemplated by the registration statement at this time.” He did not give reasons in the letter.




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