Mavenir and Xilinx claim giant boost to Open RAN Massive MIMO

News

The two companies say they have integrated a mMIMO solution, end to end, applying Open RAN rules.

Mavenir, a cloud-native network software provider, and Xilinx, which specialises in adaptive computing, announced they are collaborating to produce a unified 4G/5G massive MIMO (mMIMO) portfolio that complies with O-RAN Alliance principles.

The first mMIMO 64TRX joint solution is expected to be available by the end of the year.
 
At Mavenir’s lab in Bangalore, India, the integration covered various deployment scenarios that were evaluated by six network operators.

Mavenir provided the vRAN) support for mMIMO, including the core network, centralised and distributed units, and Xilinx the Category B O-RAN Radio Unit.

Platform

The products will use Xilinx’s technology platform including RFSoC DFE and Versal AI for beamforming, to offer an integrated hardware and software mMIMO solution.
 
Pardeep Kohli, President and CEO, Mavenir, commented, “This integration demonstrates an efficient Open RAN massive MIMO solution to achieve diversification of the telecommunications supply chain.

“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.”
 
Dimitris Mavrakis, Senior Research Director of 5G at ABI Research, commented, “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.

“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.”