Mavenir Survey Reveals 100% Mobile Operators Plan to Implement OpenRAN

4 October 2019

Strong Momentum towards General Purpose, Vendor Neutral Hardware and Software-Defined Technology

Richardson, Texas, October 4, 2019 Mavenir, the industry’s only end-to-end Network Software Provider and a leader in accelerating software network transformation for communications service providers (CSPs), revealed results of a recent Mobile Operator survey on OpenRAN. The survey, conducted by mobile industry analyst and consultant firm Senza Fili, was meant to gauge intent and gather feedback from Service providers to better understand the need and requirements for OpenRAN products.

Key results were:

•    100% of operators are considering using OpenRAN in key scenarios
•    43% of respondents are open to replace current vendors
•    Cost savings were mentioned by 25% of respondents as a reason to consider multiple vendors
•    84% operators will consider deploying RRUs and BBUs from different vendors in OpenRAN deployments. 
•    Lower cost radios seen as a key component to OpenRAN interface adoption 

Mavenir is a leader supporting operator and ecosystem business transformation through OpenRAN adoption, as it will enable service providers with more flexibility in vendor selection, cost advantages (Capex/Opex) and future innovations.  Mavenir has deployed the first OpenRAN in Brazil, which is a deployment that is truly open – defined as open software on open radio hardware, not a proprietary configuration. 

Monica Paolini, Founder and President of Senza Fili said, "In the survey, operators show a widespread and consistent interest in moving to OpenRAN architectures to increase in capacity and coverage in existing networks, to roll out greenfield deployments, and add new RAN vendors."

“Mavenir has been a pioneer of OpenRAN and open interfaces,” said John Baker, SVP Mavenir.  “We’ve been participating in and driving OpenRAN business transformation so the results from this survey are very encouraging. For the first time in many years, opportunities for new suppliers in what has been a closed ecosystem, are now opening and operators are actively making this change happen.”
An objective of the OpenRAN initiative is to migrate and virtualize RAN functions on to industry standard servers. Mavenir works with Intel on deriving their OpenRAN products based on contributions from the Intel FlexRAN reference architecture. The FlexRAN reference architecture is based on the Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors to enable the highly optimized OpenRAN workloads to run on the Intel architecture cores with Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions 512 instructions for baseband processing. 

To learn more about the survey and view the results download the presentation