Mavenir, Turkcell complete OpenRAN vRAN call

Mavenir and Turkcell complete industry’s first OpenRAN vRAN call

27 August 2020 | Natalie Bannerman

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Mavenir and Turkcell together have completed the first OpenRAN vRAN call fully containerised with O-RAN Split 7.2 architecture, in Turkey

Carried out on Turkcell’s Telco Cloud environment, Mavenir’s OpenRAN vRAN is integrated with Turkcell Core, and will be the first workload going live on Turkcell’s Edge Cloud.

Mavenir’s OpenRAN vRAN solution centralises baseband processing in cloud-native virtualised and containerised baseband units (vBBU) and leverages fronthaul over ethernet between vBBU and multiple remote radio units (RRU).

“Mavenir is extremely proud to have supported Turkcell, which is a very innovative and advanced operator, in achieving this first call in a truly OpenRAN containerised implementation,” said Mikael Rylander, senior vice president and general manager of radio access products at Mavenir.

“The standard O-RAN 7.2 interface will enable and boost the OpenRAN ecosystem significantly by allowing many RRU vendors to be deployed and to have very effective solutions in all possible frequency bands with great deployment flexibility and with automation and remote operations.”

In addition, the Mavenir vRAN architecture and platform supports 4G as well as both 5G NR NSA and SA. The vBBU is split into central unit (CU) and distributed unit (DU) and it features O-RAN standard interfaces.

The combination of the DU and the RRU delivers flexibility to the RAN system by enabling an efficient interface which can be run over Ethernet and allows concentration of the processing power either into data centres or onto edge platforms.

“We strongly believe in Turkcell that innovation is the engine that allows us to be very close to our customers and meet their demands. Now with OpenRAN, we are entering a new era that offers us new ways of deploying Radio Networks and create a real distributed 5G network to fulfill the expectations that the industry has,” added Gediz Sezgin (pictured), CTO at Turkcell.

“We are pleased to pioneer this technology with Mavenir by realising world’s first containerised implementation with a truly open architecture using a mix and match of Open FH supported RRU and CU/DU which reflects the true sense of Open RAN.”

Additionally, Turkcell is transforming its LTE and 5G voice network into 100% virtual infrastructures for which Mavenir was selected to deploy its cloud-native, NFV-based IMS solution, in Turkey.