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Mavenir and Xilinx Shape Partnership to Accelerate the Open RAN Ecosystem with Leading Open RAN Massive MIMO Portfolio

Mavenir has today announced the partnership among its company in bringing to market a single 4G/5G O-RAN massive MIMO (mMIMO) portfolio of open RAN deployments, the industry leader in cloud-induced network infrastructure transition for telecom providers with Xilinx, ‘ leading adaptive calculations company. In Q4 2021 the first mMIMO 64TRX joint approach is scheduled for use.

Together, the two firms have achieved the convergence of an open RAN principles with an end-to-end mMIMO approach of first generation. The integration was conducted at the Mavenir laboratory of Bangalore, India, and included various implementation scenarios. The MMIMO, including Core Network, CU, and DU, was supported by Mavenir, with Category B O-RAN Radio Unit provided by Xilinx.

“This integration demonstrates an efficient Open RAN massive MIMO solution to achieve diversification of the telecommunications supply chain,” says Pardeep Kohli, President and CEO, Mavenir. “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.”

“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,” said Liam Madden, executive vice president and general manager, Wired and Wireless Group at Xilinx. “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.”

With a history of leading performance in numerous 4G and 5G network implementations worldwide, the companies build mMIMO devices from the next generation which will offer the world’s first 64TRX mMIMO compatible O-RAN products that have instant bandwidth support up to 400 MHz in a compact form factor. Mavenir’s vRAN programme supports Multi-User MIMO of up to 16 layers, sophisticated recipient algorithms, complete optical beam-forming – all on the cloud-native architecture and other cloud platforms of Mavenir.

These devices will use Xilinx’s technology framework for advanced beamforming, including RFSoC DFE and Versal AI to include a fully integrated, O-RAN-compatible OMMI hardware and software system.

“5G Open RAN has significant momentum in the market with ABI Research forecasting network vendor spending to reach $10 billion by 2026-27 and then surpass traditional RAN at $30 billion by 2030,” said Dimitris Mavrakis, senior research director of 5G at ABI Research. “As Mavenir and Xilinx continue to work together to accelerate O-RAN-based massive MIMO adoption, their solutions will be well-timed to serve this high-growth market with the higher spectral efficiency, performance, power efficiency and cost needed as 5G demand intensifies.”