Maven Wireless is proud to be an active contributor to the O-RAN alliance where we are building the Next Generation RAN.
As mobile traffic increases, mobile networks and the equipment that runs them must become more software-driven, virtualized, flexible, intelligent and energy efficient. The O-RAN Alliance is committed to evolving radio access networks— making them more open and smarter than previous generations. Real-time analytics that drive embedded machine learning systems and artificial intelligence back end modules will empower network intelligence. Additional virtualized network elements with open, standardized interfaces will be key aspects of the reference designs developed by the O-RAN Alliance.
Radio access network (RAN) with an architecture that splits the baseband units (BBUs) installed in centralized locations and radio units (RUs) distributed at cell sites, where the two are connected by a fronthaul interface, has proven to be effective in many commercial 3G/LTE deployments. Centralization provides performance benefits (e.g. multi-cell/frequency coordination) and cost benefits (e.g. opportunities to increase resource pooling and reduce site rent). With the requirements for RAN becoming ever more challenging and diverse, the need for such split RAN architecture is becoming increasingly important.