CommScope joins Meta's Evenstar RAN initiative
CommScope has become the latest name to join Meta Connectivity's Evenstar initiative, which is working build general-purpose RAN reference designs for 4G and 5G networks in the Open RAN ecosystem.
Evenstar launched in 2020 with Vodafone, Deutsche Telekom, Mavenir, Parallel Wireless, MTI, and AceAxis all named as partners at the time. Since then Airtel, ADI, Altiostar, Baicells, Flex and Xilinx have all participated, as well as STL– and MD Ankit Agarwal talks about the project during this episode of the Digital Digest.
The CommScope collaboration will focus on developing a Massive MIMO (mMIMO) reference design based on O-RAN Alliance interoperability specifications. This tech increases spectral efficiency to deliver more network capacity and wider coverage.
The two organisations will cooperate on high-level architectural requirements, open standardised antenna and radio interfaces, as well as best practice calibration designs.
Meta Connectivity is working with control unit and distribution unit software vendors who will manage interoperability testing, while CommScope will support Over-the-Air (OTA) testing and characterization of the antenna within a laboratory environment.
Jaydeep Ranade, director of wireless engineering at Meta Connectivity said: “This collaboration will help facilitate an ecosystem of high-quality connectivity – something that becomes more important every day as we move to an increasingly digitally connected world.”
The mMIMO reference design will provide operators with the option to further disaggregate the filter/antenna elements from the radio unit, supporting flexibility and delivering implementation options to the market.
Farid Firouzbakht, SVP of of outdoor wireless networks, CommScope said: “Open RAN is gaining momentum in the marketplace and mMIMO 5G deployments will require cooperation and collaboration between vendors based on competitive reference models.”