Mavenir announced that Ontix, a U.K based next-generation infrastructure-as-a-service provider, will be launching an Open RAN pilot for neutral host in-building connectivity in a central London office building, powered by Mavenir’s MAVair solution.
The Open RAN platform will be deployed at the Ontix Data Center in London whilst the small cell units will be deployed at an Ontix’s customer building.
Mavenir explained that the solution would enable Ontix to provide indoor mobile connectivity to areas like multi-tenanted offices, shopping malls, stadiums, hospitals, enterprise buildings and hot spots, delivering contiguous coverage and high-speed mobile connectivity to its enterprise customers and end consumers.
Mavenir noted that delivering high-quality mobile connectivity indoors poses significant challenges to both operators and building owners, with a range of factors including the number of people in a building, construction materials and remote locations all impacting signal strength.
Ontix and Mavenir will trial the delivery of a neutral host in-building, Open Virtualized Radio Access Network (Open vRAN) to provide enhanced connectivity. This includes the delivery and integration of Open RAN compatible, software upgradable small cells for enhanced in-building coverage and capacity.
“Open RAN is changing the dynamics of how cellular solutions are designed and delivered, and this deployment is at the cutting edge of the technology in the UK,” said Patrick Bradd, CEO at Ontix. “We are excited to be working on this ground-breaking Open RAN pilot to deploy a neutral host architecture to demonstrate its flexibility and how the use of commoditized hardware, can help to create the next generation of in-building networks.”
“Mavenir is delighted to partner with Ontix in addressing this demand from enterprises and consumers for mobile connectivity, especially in areas with poor indoor and in-building coverage. We are confident that using this innovative vRAN solution Ontix will be able to deliver a cost effective and a higher quality network to meet this growing demand”, said Stefano Cantarelli, Chief Marketing Officer at Mavenir.
The MAVair family includes Open vRAN designed with cloud-native virtualization techniques, enabling the RAN to adapt based on usage and coverage. Mavenir’s vRAN platform provides a fully scalable virtualized network architecture with open standard interfaces, providing neutral host solution providers the option of deploying radio units from different vendors. The vRAN platform uses software running on COTS (commercial off the shelf) hardware that provides more flexibility and agility to neutral host solution providers, whilst providing one architecture for many different user scenarios, Mavenir said.
Mavenir is an U.S. telecommunications software company, that develops and supplies cloud-native software to the communications service provider (CSP) market.
The company is headquartered in Richardson, Texas.