xRAN Forum Updates Methods for Delivering RRU, BBU Interoperability

30 July 2018

When the xRAN Forum announced the xRAN Fronthaul Specification Version 1.0 in April, that represented a major step in the industry’s objective of defining open interfaces between the remote radio unit/head (RRU/RRH) and the baseband unit (BBU).

But the group at that time knew there were some gaps, and its latest release is designed to address that
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John Baker, SVP of business development at xRAN member Mavenir, previously characterized the xRAN spec as a game changer poised to change the industry significantly. It’s not a slam dunk because operators need to incorporate it in their RFIs or RFPs to vendors, but it's certainly a major change in how business is done.

The first Mavenir products are due, approximately, in the first quarter of 2019. Mavenir does expect to become a member of ORAN, but specific details are still being sorted out, according to Baker.

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