Mavenir | January 11, 2022
Mavenir, the Network Software Provider building the future of networks with cloud-native software that runs on any cloud and transforms the way the world connects, today announced that BAI Communications (BAI), a global communications infrastructure provider, will be launching a Smart City project for Sunderland City Council in the north of England (UK), powered by Mavenir’s MAVedge solution.
BAI Communications will build a new 5G centric network to accelerate adoption of transformative digital services for sectors including manufacturing and logistics, education and social care. The initial scope is for the deployment of a city-centre 5G private network which has the potential to evolve and become a neutral host network.
Neutral host models provide coverage and connectivity for smart city initiatives. They enable local councils and authorities to provide smart services and run numerous smart community applications in a more viable and cost-effective manner.
MAVedge comprises Mavenir’s leading edge Open vRAN and 5G Packet Core solutions to drive the next generation digital transformation of this Smart City project, and to provide advanced 5G mobile connectivity to the local Sunderland community. MAVedge enables secure private networks to be distributed at the edge and powers a digital marketplace of applications and devices to create an efficient environment for diverse use cases for the enterprise and industry.
The 5G Open vRAN and 5G Packet Core solutions are designed with cloud-native virtualisation techniques providing a fully scalable and virtualised network architecture with open standard interfaces. The Open RAN platform provides BAI Communications the option of deploying radio units from different vendors. The solution uses software running on commercial off the shelf (COTS) hardware that provides cost effectiveness, flexibility and agility, whilst delivering one architecture as a baseline for many different use cases.
The new network will help accelerate transformation within various sectors in Sunderland including:
Smart Homes: addressing health and social care requirements supporting vulnerable individuals living in their own homes, providing access to assistive technologies such as sensors and other IoT enabled devices.
Digital Skills and Education: providing enhanced online and remote connectivity and distance learning across Primary Schools and Secondary Schools within the local authority.
Manufacturing and Industry 4.0: improving supply chain agility for the automotive industry, including applications such as self-driving vehicles and autonomous heavy goods vehicles.
“Open RAN is a cost-effective solution which is based on open interfaces and will give us the ability to deploy in a very agile and flexible way,We are delighted to work with Mavenir, a technology innovator company in cloud-native virtualised solutions and a leading player in the Open RAN initiative and 5G Core. Technology we believe will help accelerate Sunderland’s ambitions to become one of the UK’s most advanced smart cities, connecting people, communities and businesses.”
Brendan O’Reilly, Group Chief Technology Officer at BAI Communications
“BAI Communications represents an ideal partner for this prestigious smart city project in Sunderland. Together, we will be able to build new RAN and Packet Core domains that will deliver the flexibility needed for a diverse set of cross-sector use cases. Virtualised solutions from Mavenir are the perfect choice of technology with Open vRAN and Cloud-Native Packet Core. The objective is to automate operations and flex the scalability in neutral hosting architecture, whilst delivering benefits not only to enterprises and business users, but also for the wider community,” said Stefano Cantarelli, Chief Marketing Officer at Mavenir.
“We are creating a new digital fabric for Sunderland’s City, upon which the City’s digital and business entrepreneurs can build – a portfolio of new digital services for the benefits of residents, businesses and visitors,” says Andrew Conway, Director of Solutions and Innovation at BAI Communications UK.
Liz St Louis, Assistant Director of Smart Cities at Sunderland City Council, said, “We have long recognised the importance of technology in connecting people and realising opportunities to position Sunderland as a digital frontrunner. This new partnership between BAI Communications and Mavenir presents a fully scalable network architecture to unlock innovation and shape the future of our leading smart city.
“Together, we are harnessing the power of technology and digital transformation for the benefit of residents, businesses and visitors to Sunderland. The new network will accelerate the emergence of more smart services including community applications, digital upskilling opportunities and efficiency drives for our advanced manufacturing clusters across the city.”
Mavenir is building the future of networks and pioneering advanced technology, focusing on the vision of a single, software-based automated network that runs on any cloud. As the industry's only end-to-end, cloud-native network software provider, Mavenir is focused on transforming the way the world connects, accelerating software network transformation for 250+ Communications Service Providers in over 120 countries, which serve more than 50% of the world’s subscribers. www.mavenir.com
About BAI Communications:
BAI Communications is a world leader in shared communications infrastructure, pioneering solutions that empower our customers to advance their services, accelerate their networks and amplify their reach in the most efficient and cost-effective ways possible. Having long been at the forefront of network advancement, BAI is harnessing fibre, spearheading the transition from 4G/LTE, accelerating 5G and preparing for 6G – and beyond. We collaborate closely with our customers in MNOs, government, transit, enterprise, broadcasting and venues to realise their communications vision, focusing not just on the immediate future, but on the possibilities that exist over long-term partnerships. Our global operations span Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, United Kingdom and in the United States through BAI Group company, Mobilitie, and majority-owned Transit Wireless.
Platform9 | March 31, 2021
Platform9, the main SaaS Managed Kubernetes supplier for private, edge, and crossover mists, today declared its most recent adaptation of the Platform9 Managed Kubernetes (PMK) item. The business' first SaaS Managed Kubernetes with IPv6 support for 5G arrangements flaunts a few progressed organizing advancements and backing capacities to improve 5G assistance conveyance, offers the capacity to halfway associate and oversee AWS EKS groups, and binds together administration of virtual machines and compartments.
"Our most recent item discharge tends to the particular difficulties looked by DevOps and stage groups with disseminated Kubernetes arrangements in 5G framework move outs, multi-bunch the executives openly mists, and siloed the board of VMs and compartments," said Madhura Maskasky, VP of Product at Platform9 frameworks. "We keep on conveying these new capacities through our SaaS conveyance model which eliminates operational weight by offloading the perplexing undertakings of arrangement, support, redesigns, observing, and investigating across all groups, regardless of where they are sent."
For correspondences specialist organizations (CSPs) and their biological system of organization programming suppliers, Platform9 presently gives a few progressed organizing highlights intended to convey close to line-rate execution for network bundles. Besides, the new delivery empowers completely computerized arrangement and reconciliation of host, physical, and virtual organizations with Kubernetes bunches for sending and overseeing cloud-local 5G RAN, IMS, Packet Core, Edge Virtual Network Functions, and Container Network Functions.
Silicom | March 08, 2021
Silicom Ltd. a main supplier of systems administration and information framework arrangements, today reported the dispatch of its O-RAN agreeable, Evenstar Distributed Unit (DU) in a joint effort with Facebook Connectivity and other Evenstar accomplices.
The Evenstar DU tends to the developing portable administrator interest for best-in-breed, unbundled DUs that meet 3GPP and O-RAN determinations to encourage the carry out of OpenRAN 4G and 5G organizations.
"We are delighted to be selected by the Evenstar program to introduce our unique DU to a market awaiting OpenRAN-compliant solutions," commented Shaike Orbach, Silicom's CEO. "Through this collaboration, we will provide operators with groundbreaking functionality that takes their network flexibility and performance to a new level – such as advanced offloads and time synchronization - at highly competitive price points."
Dispatched a year ago as a team with various industry players, the Evenstar program means to speed up the reception of OpenRAN arrangements by contributing RAN reference engineering to the Telecom Infra Project's OpenRAN Project Group. The idea driving OpenRAN is to empower administrators to decouple key organization segments, including RUs (Radio Units), DUs (Distribution Units) and CUs (Central Units), empowering most awesome aspect breed parts from different sellers to be joined into networks for prevalent execution. This methodology is key for driving advancement and decreasing organization costs.
"We are excited to collaborate with Silicom and other ecosystem partners to build Evenstar components for 4G and 5G networks," commented Jaydeep Ranade, Director of Wireless Engineering for Facebook Connectivity. "A healthy ecosystem of OpenRAN vendors plays a huge role in accelerating the deployment of simplified, flexible and efficient RAN technologies."