Richardson-Based Mavenir Creates New Business Unit to Accelerate the Remote Radio Ecosystem

Mavenir—an early advocate for OpenRAN—wants to drive open innovation and security in 5G. The expansion will energize the Remote Radio Unit ecosystem, it says.

Mavenir, which is said to be the industry’s only end-to-end Network Software Provider, has launched an expanded Radio organization to support its Remote Radio Unit (RRU) ecosystem. 

The expansion comes at a time when the Richardson-based company’s industry leadership and progress is continuing in OpenRAN. With OpenRAN being dependent upon on the availability of carrier-grade, ORAN-compliant radios, it’s important that Mavenir can meet the evolving needs and requirements of Public and Private Mobile networks. 

That’s why Mavenir created the new business unit specifically to develop hardware and software production quality designs for OpenRAN radios. The unit will also allow vendors and partners to build radios for specific markets.

OpenRAN explained

RAN, short for radio access network, operates as the final link between the cellular network and a phone. OpenRAN is an alternative to RAN that opens up the environment of the legacy tech, hence OpenRAN.

It divides RAN into three sections: the Radio Unit (RU), the Distributed Unit (DU), and the Centralised Unit (CU). By separating these components, more vendors are able to provide the units, resulting in more room for innovation and options for operators, while still ensuring interoperability, according to Nokia.

To ensure its customers have a wide variety of choices, Mavenir’s CU and DU software solutions will work with both Mavenir radio unit products and third party radio units, according to a statement.

Mavenir calls itself an early advocate for OpenRAN and hopes to help continue to drive openness, innovation, and security through this expansion.

“With our leadership in OpenRAN, we want to enable best-in-class partner ecosystem that can together deliver a portfolio of compelling OpenRAN radios,” Pardeep Kohli, President and CEO of Mavenir, said in a statement.

Mikael Rylander will lead the new unit as SVP and GM, Radio Business Unit, with a focus on RRUs and the RRU ecosystem.

Hiring news

Mavenir also announced that Puneet Sethi will be joining Mavenir as SVP/GM to lead its RAN Business Unit. Sethi previously worked for Qualcomm where he helped establish its Small Cells and RAN Infra Business. Before that, he held roles at Radioframe Networks, Comneon, and Ubinetics.

At Mavenir, he will be creating and delivering market-leading software solutions.

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