Rakuten Symphony | October 27, 2021
Intel Corporation, Juniper Networks, and Rakuten Symphony today announced a collaborative effort to develop Symware, a pioneering, carrier-grade Open RAN (Radio Access Network) solution for mobile network operators to modernize radio cell sites by leveraging the latest cloud-native architecture. This Symware multipurpose edge appliance provides operators with the flexibility to densify their network, accommodate various network topologies, and support new features while reducing the required hardware per site.
Mobile network operators around the world are starting to deploy Open RAN and cloud-native architecture in their networks, which will provide them greater agility, enable smarter security, and empower them with new levels of automation while broadening and securing their supply chain.
“Rakuten Symphony constantly looks to introduce leading-edge innovations to accelerate network transformations,With our partners, we have developed a cost-performance optimized appliance that simplifies the cell site deployment for 4G, 5G and future generations of mobile technology. Symware provides operators with the ultimate future-proof cell site solution that enables them to flexibly densify their network and accommodate various network topologies at the lowest cost.”
Tareq Amin, CEO of Rakuten Symphony
The Symware multipurpose edge appliance combines the containerized cell site routing functionality and a containerized Distributed Unit on a single general purpose server platform, which significantly reduces the capital and operating expenditures for an operator. Offering consistent carrier-grade routing stack across both physical and virtual Radio Access Networks, the solution readily enables 5G network slicing features both in RAN and transport domains including slice isolation, slice monitoring and dynamic traffic steering through segment routing. The solution supports automation with zero-touch provisioning, rolling updates, telemetry and analytics for all the components, and is based on the Kubernetes® ecosystem for orchestration and networking.
Dan Rodriguez, Intel corporate vice president and general manager, Network Platforms Group added, “We continue to see the industry shift to take advantage of the many benefits provided by the cloudification of the RAN. By utilizing our Next Generation Intel® Xeon® D Processors and FlexRANTM reference software, this collaboration showcases how RAN workloads can be consolidated onto a single server and meet the performance, capacity and cost requirements of 5G RAN deployments.”
Raj Yavatkar, Juniper’s CTO, stated “Removing the obstacles of deploying ORAN in disaggregated production networks is critical for 5G growth. Integrated routing and ORAN in a single platform delivers cost and operational benefits for network operators. Combined with industry leading Intel technology and Rakuten’s DU software, Juniper’s disaggregated and state-of-art routing stack offers operators a unique solution for delivering differentiated 5G services including network slicing.”
Developed with Rakuten Symphony’s unmatched know-how and experience with cloud-native and Open RAN-based networks, leading containerized RAN software from Altiostar, a Rakuten Symphony company, Next Generation Intel® Xeon® D Processors and FlexRANTM reference software, and Juniper’s carrier-hardened cloud-native routing stack, Symware will give operators more opportunity to create innovations within their networks, while broadening and securing their supply chain.
Intel is an industry leader, creating world-changing technology that enables global progress and enriches lives. Inspired by Moore’s Law, we continuously work to advance the design and manufacturing of semiconductors to help address our customers’ greatest challenges. By embedding intelligence in the cloud, network, edge and every kind of computing device, we unleash the potential of data to transform business and society for the better.
About Juniper Networks
Juniper Networks is dedicated to dramatically simplifying network operations and driving superior experiences for end users. Our solutions deliver industry-leading insight, automation, security and AI to drive real business results. We believe that powering connections will bring us closer together while empowering us all to solve the world’s greatest challenges of well-being, sustainability and equality.
About Rakuten Symphony
Rakuten Symphony, a Rakuten Group organization with operations across Japan, Singapore, India, EMEA, and the United States, develops and brings to the global marketplace cloud-native, open RAN telco infrastructure platforms, services and solutions, through the Rakuten Communications Platform.
BAI Communications | October 05, 2021
BAI Communications, a global communications infrastructure provider, today announced the close of its acquisition of Mobilitie, one of the largest privately-held telecommunications infrastructure companies in the United States. News of the agreement between the two companies was first announced on 28 June this year.
With the close of the acquisition Mobilitie becomes a BAI Group company, alongside BAI's majority-owned Transit Wireless in the United States, significantly extending its footprint and services in the region. As part of the acquisition, BAI acquires Mobilitie's portfolio of assets, including existing telecommunication infrastructure contracts with transit operators in San Francisco and Seattle, as well as 220 large public venues' DAS networks, 10,000 small cells and 300 tower sites across the United States. This portfolio, and the team of experts that manage and operate it, further builds on BAI and Transit Wireless' focus to expand its neutral host 5G connectivity solutions across major city transport networks, public infrastructure and large venues.
Mobilitie now operates within the BAI global organisation, bringing together two complementary customer offerings. The acquisition enables BAI to strengthen and expand its current services, as it couples Mobilitie's expertise in above-ground connected venue infrastructure solutions with BAI's ability to deliver 5G communications infrastructure in complex transit environments. Mobilitie will continue to operate as a separate entity within BAI, and its existing operations and customer partnerships will remain unaffected.
As part of BAI, Mobilitie will further advance its neutral host networks to help US mobile network operators and venue owners expand 5G coverage to ensure it meets growing demand. With its extended global reach, the company is well positioned to drive additional growth across transit, sports, entertainment, hospitality, real estate and higher education industries. Additionally, it allows Mobilitie to quicken its ongoing deployment of outdoor infrastructure, bringing connectivity to underserved communities and creating the foundation for smart cities of tomorrow.
The acquisition accelerates BAI's growth strategy, as it becomes a leading connected infrastructure 5G player in North America and globally. This one-of-a-kind partnership strengthens BAI in the region as it pairs Mobilitie's offerings with Transit Wireless' to bring innovative connectivity solutions across the US. BAI has identified North America as a region targeted for expansion as it accelerates its growth across transit, smart cities, venues, fibre networks, private networks, and public safety services.
The expertise and current partnerships that Mobilitie holds are incredibly valuable. Bringing Mobilitie into the wider BAI Communications group solidifies us as a leading connected infrastructure provider in North America.
Igor Leprince, Group CEO of BAI Communications
"The natural fit between Mobilitie's expertise and that of BAI enables us to extend the services we offer clients across both entities. This will be increasingly beneficial as we see the prioritisation of connected infrastructure continue to gather momentum in the US and around the world," he added.
"This acquisition makes a significant contribution to our strategy for portfolio balance across neutral host, transit communications and broadcast with an increasing focus on North America, the UK and Europe, in addition to deepening our extensive Australian operation."
Christos Karmis, President of Mobilitie, said: "Closing this acquisition is an exciting development for Mobilitie, our customers and telco partners as it will expand and accelerate our deployment of wireless infrastructure solutions in the marketplace and position us to better support our customers globally.
"BAI's proven track record of prioritising customer needs and delivering state-of-the-art technical solutions aligns perfectly with our own values, ensuring we remain focused on exceeding our customer expectations. Furthermore, our complementary offerings make for an exciting proposition for both Mobilitie and BAI customers, as close collaboration between the teams enables us to offer the most innovative and robust wireless solutions available in the marketplace today and in the future."
About BAI Communications
BAI Communications designs, builds, and operates cellular, Wi-Fi, broadcast, radio, and IP networks around the world. We are engineering experts and technology innovators with proven experience in delivering the next wave of connectivity solutions through long-term partnerships with broadcasters, transit operators, governments, and MNOs. As a leading communications infrastructure provider, BAI's neutral host solutions connect people, enrich communities and advance economies. Our global operations span Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, Hong Kong, and in the United States through our BAI Group company, Mobilitie, and majority-owned Transit Wireless.
WINDOWS SYSTEMS AND NETWORK
JMA Wireless | August 28, 2021
Ahead of the annual Pro Football Hall of Fame game on August 5, 2021, JMA Wireless (JMA) and ExteNet deployed the world's first in-venue midband 5G network at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio. The network enabled unprecedented download speeds of more than 600 megabits per second in the 23,300-seat stadium while it was full of fans, a feat only made possible by JMA's distributed antenna system (DAS). JMA's TEKO DAS, which was deployed in the stadium in 2018 by ExteNet as the neutral-host provider, required no additional cost, labor, or modifications to support the newly upgraded, multi-carrier 5G network. JMA's TEKO DAS is the only DAS capable of supporting 5G-midband networks with this degree of performance and efficiency.
Deployed years in advance of the commercial readiness of the 5G radio air interface standard, TEKO DAS' high performance and ultrawide band capability enabled the stadium to easily upgrade to 5G. Once the 5G network was up and running, speed tests consistently showed performance of over 600 megabits per second during the game. The network allowed tens of thousands of fans to enjoy high-speed 5G connectivity simultaneously, a challenging task in large venues like the Hall of Fame Stadium.
"This historic first is a powerful demonstration of what's possible for thousands of venues across the country where JMA's TEKO DAS is deployed. With its high performance and unique band capability, TEKO DAS is 5G-ready and future-proof, making it easy for venues to upgrade to 5G, with no additional investment or new equipment," said Todd Landry, Corporate Vice President, Product and Market Strategy at JMA Wireless. "We are proud to have worked alongside ExteNet to bring this high-speed performance to fans in Canton, Ohio, and we look forward to the opportunities in front of us with venues nationwide."
"Getting the network ready for the 2021 season inaugural game was our priority and we are extremely pleased with the 5G performance on game day at the stadium," said Kevin Gallagher, Senior Vice President, Product & Marketing for ExteNet. "Together with JMA Wireless, our best-in-class wireless infrastructure and network operations enabled a superior fan experience, as evident from the throughput data for a major carrier. We're honored to serve our venue and carrier partners, improve network performance, and deliver the ultra-fast and high-bandwidth connectivity that users need to accentuate their game-day experience. Thanks to all those involved, and we look forward to bringing this level of service to all of our venue partners."
A disruptive force in the wireless industry, JMA is restoring U.S. leadership in wireless technology at a critical time in the transition to 5G. Based in Syracuse, New York, JMA makes the world's most advanced software-based 5G platform, which it designs, codes, and manufactures in the United States. JMA's cutting-edge technology—most notably a revolutionary software solution called XRAN—is ushering in a new era of innovation and connectivity for businesses, workers, and ultimately consumers. For more information, visit jmawireless.com.
About ExteNet Systems, Inc.
Lisle, IL-based ExteNet Systems, Inc. is the nation's largest privately held provider of converged communications infrastructure and services addressing outdoor and in-building wireless, fiber, and other advanced connectivity needs of its customers. Our customers include mobile network operators (MNOs), real estate owners, property managers, wholesale carriers, enterprises, municipalities, and rural carriers. Our outdoor small cell and DAS networks are deployed in a variety of urban, suburban, and rural environments while indoor networks are deployed in iconic sports and entertainment venues, convention centers, commercial office buildings, college campuses, healthcare facilities, hotels and resorts, and transit systems nationwide.