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 a strategic partnership with HCL Technologies (HCL), a leading global technology company with expertise in network systems testing. This partnership helps accelerate the market availability of O-RAN split 7.2 compliant Remote Radiohead Units (RRUs) while establishing a business model to meet the growing demand and evolving requirements for O-RAN RRUs.
Today’s RRU ecosystem has expanded to offer Communication Service Providers (CSPs) a significantly wider choice of 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G, massive MIMO (mMIMO), millimeter Wave (mmWave), small cell and indoor radios. In turn, the number of RRU partners that Mavenir works with continues to grow, with each partner releasing new and sophisticated radios, with new software, across different radio technologies, output power, antenna dimensions and spectrum to meet the evolving needs of O-RAN customers.
The collaboration brings together HCL’s platform for third-party RRU testing and Mavenir’s full Centralized Unit (CU) and Distributed Unit (DU) RAN software stacks. RRU vendors will, as a result, be given the ability to work directly with HCL to assess their O-RAN interfaces and integrate with Mavenir’s O-RAN compliant cloud-native CU/DU software.
By simplifying testing and validation across multiple O-RAN interoperability profiles, the collaboration will help vendors fast-track validation of frequency variants and the increasingly diverse RRU offerings being demanded by the O-RAN market.
This partnership will benefit both RRU vendors and CSPs by supporting the continued expansion of the radio ecosystem and helping to establish a self-sustaining RRU business model:
Vendors will be able to rapidly validate their O-RAN compliant RRUs as they develop portfolios of products targeted at different deployment scenarios.
CSPs will be able to more easily identify the available O-RAN compliant RRU options for specific use cases and locations.
“We are directly addressing requests from customers and partners to speed the integration of new RRU products. The growing scale of the O-RAN industry now demands such a model. And thanks to O-RAN and open interfaces, new players such as HCL can enter the market to effectively serve the market needs,As more O-RAN RRU products become available and RRU partners are enabled to respond rapidly to their customers, CSPs worldwide will be able to take advantage of the full range of their spectrum assets and benefit from the rapidly accelerating RRU ecosystem.”
-Mavenir’s Puneet Sethi, SVP/GM RAN Business Unit.
The Mavenir-HCL partnership helps accelerate the O-RAN market, bringing a new suite of product offerings to CSPs and enterprises alike. This sets the stage for a nascent ecosystem accelerating future innovation across key verticals on a global scale,” said HCL’s Rajiv Shesh, Corporate Vice President, Engineering and R&D Services. “HCL is bringing together many decades of network testing experience, 5G expertise, state of the art lab facilities and advanced automation tools to validate the interoperability between Mavenir and RRU partners. HCL provides the necessary visibility and reporting capability that enables operators and enterprises in deploying best-of-breed Mavenir O-RAN solutions.
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
Cradlepoint, a global leader in cloud-delivered 4G and 5G wireless network edge solutions, announced today that OTSAW, a Singapore-based global pioneer in advanced robotics and next-generation artificial intelligence, has chosen Cradlepoint to provide wireless connectivity for its robots. The connected robots offer enhanced safety, enable new business processes, and improve the everyday lives of citizens in Singapore. Delivered by Blue Wireless, a managed service provider, the Cradlepoint NetCloud platform and cellular-based IoT routers enable remote management and control across OTSAW’s robotic fleet without on-site configuration or troubleshooting.
Powered by patented 3D navigation technology, OTSAW’s robots can provide last-mile patrol and surveillance capabilities in outdoor spaces, such as parks and chemical plants, and indoor disinfection of areas, including shopping malls and office buildings, healthcare facilities, hotels, and airports. Additionally, they offer concierge services in spaces like offices, shopping malls, and hotels. With HD cameras, 360-degree views of computer vision, and numerous sensors, the robots can capture, record, process, and transmit a vast amount of information. These intelligent robots avoid static and dynamic obstacles and return to base when their battery needs recharging.
OTSAW manages and controls the connected robots using cellular from its centralised Fleet Management Control System in Singapore. This web application runs on the local server. It integrates with Cradlepoint NetCloud Manager to remotely turn robots on and off, enable message broadcasting via the robots, and track the status of the robots, including battery power and geolocation.
“Certain features and functions, such as live video streaming and two-way communication, require a reliable and always-on network connection to ensure data from the robot is being transmitted to our server and processed in real-time. We can achieve this using the Cradlepoint solutions to deliver cellular connectivity,Cradlepoint’s wireless network solution integrates well with our Fleet Management Solution for seamless remote operation of our robots.”
-Mr. Louis Tran Thanh Quang, Chief Technology Officer, OTSAW
The OTSAW robots are packed full of electronics that rely on battery power to operate independently before docking to recharge, so there are restrictions in space to house network equipment. Cradlepoint’s wireless IoT solutions offer a compact form factor with limited power requirements and allow the robot to host the device without compromising its operational lifespan. Cradlepoint’s ruggedised IoT routers withstand vibrations and tremors, with a heat resistance design for outdoor use.
“Cradlepoint partner Blue Wireless provides a managed cellular connectivity service for OTSAW robots. As more industries rely on robots that require uninterrupted connectivity and data transmission, we will see companies start to realise that wireless is the only real and affordable option,”
-Ken Poh, Director - ASEAN, Cradlepoint.
Cradlepoint works with partners like Blue Wireless to deliver innovative solutions to customers. Such partners provide adjunct services, solution architecture, cellular data plans, and ongoing support, and are pivotal in the successful implementation of a Cradlepoint solution,” said John Boladian, Vice President, APAC Partner Sales.
“We are thrilled to support OTSAW with our expertise in connectivity solutions for robotics and IoT. With the roll-out in 5G, we will see increasing use cases for cellular solutions like Cradlepoint,” said Ivan Landen, CEO of Blue Wireless.
Cradlepoint is a global leader in cloud-delivered 4G and 5G wireless network edge solutions. Cradlepoint’s NetCloud™ platform and cellular routers deliver a pervasive, secure, and software-defined Wireless WAN edge to connect people, places, and things — anywhere. More than 28,500 businesses and government agencies worldwide, including many Global 2000 organisations and top public sector agencies, rely on Cradlepoint to keep mission-critical sites, points of commerce, field forces, vehicles, and IoT devices always connected. Cradlepoint was founded in 2006, acquired by Ericsson in 2020, and operates today as a standalone subsidiary within Ericsson’s Business Area Technologies and New Businesses. Cradlepoint is headquartered in Boise, Idaho, with development centres in Silicon Valley and India with international offices in Asia Pacific, Canada, Europe, and Latin America. www.cradlepoint.com
OTSAW is a global pioneer in advanced robotics technologies and next-generation artificial intelligence for healthcare, security delivery and mobility applications to improve safety, business processes and everyday lives. For more information, visit www.otsaw.com.
About Blue Wireless
Blue Wireless is enabling the wireless enterprise by providing reliable and flexible connectivity for branches, retail sites, remote locations, and the maritime sector in over 80 countries. www.bluewireless.com
Silicom Ltd. (NASDAQ: SILC), a leading provider of networking and data infrastructure solutions, today announced that one of the world's largest networking equipment providers has selected Silicom's SD-WAN Smart Platform for its advanced next-generation branded solution. To date, the client has already placed initial significant purchase orders, with plans to begin ramping quantities in 2022 to a level that will make it one of Silicom's largest customers.
The design win came after several of the client's end-users selected and successfully deployed Silicom solutions as the hardware platform for decoupled/disaggregated networks based on the client's software solution. After seeing how well the Silicom offerings performed and evaluating their unique features, the client made the strategic decision to adopt customized models under its own brand name to use in its newest end-to-end SD-WAN offerings.
"This is a major, major win for Silicom that we believe will become a strong growth driver following the initial ramp up period,"Our growth in the SD-WAN space, which began with branded solutions and then moved to the decoupled and disaggregated market, has now come full circle, with our leadership in that space leading this giant to select our solutions for its branded networks."
-Shaike Orbach, Silicom's CEO
Mr. Orbach continued, "In fact, as the SD-WAN market continues to grow and develop, we find ourselves securing more and more design wins, confirming the value that SD-WAN networks of all architectures – traditional as well as decoupled/disaggregated – gain from the flexibility, control and networking power we provide. As this space moves into the mainstream, we expect many of these design wins to ramp up during 2022 and beyond."
Silicom Ltd. is an industry-leading provider of high-performance networking and data infrastructure solutions. Designed primarily to improve performance and efficiency in Cloud and Data Center environments, Silicom's solutions increase throughput, decrease latency and boost the performance of servers and networking appliances, the infrastructure backbone that enables advanced Cloud architectures and leading technologies like NFV, SD-WAN and Cyber Security. Our innovative solutions for high-density networking, high-speed fabric switching, offloading and acceleration, which utilize a range of cutting-edge silicon technologies as well as FPGA-based solutions, are ideal for scaling-up and scaling-out cloud infrastructures.
Silicom products are used by major Cloud players, service providers, telcos and OEMs as components of their infrastructure offerings, including both add-on adapters in the Data Center and stand-alone virtualized/universal CPE devices at the edge.
Silicom's long-term, trusted relationships with more than 200 customers throughout the world, its more than 400 active Design Wins and more than 300 product SKUs have made Silicom a "go-to" connectivity/performance partner of choice for technology leaders around the globe.