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Ligado Selects Mavenir to Develop 5G Open RAN Compliant Solution

Mavenir,Ligado Networks | July 01, 2021

Ligado Networks and Mavenir announced a partnership today. Mavenir will develop O-RAN compliant remote radio devices, and cloud-native Open RAN software compatible with Ligado's L-Band spectrum.

Ligado has received clearance from 3GPP, the wireless industry's standards organization, for new technical requirements that would allow its L-band spectrum to be used in 5G networks. These approvals enable manufacturers to develop 5G and LTE devices compatible with Ligado's mid-band spectrum and demonstrate Ligado's intentions to make additional mid-band spectrum accessible to the U.S. market.

Ligado is creating a 5G Mobile Private Network Solution as part of this endeavor, intending to bring the potential of next-generation networks to the energy, industrial, health care, transportation, and other critical infrastructure sectors. In addition, with U.S. businesses increasingly demanding a connectivity solution that can be tailored to individual needs, Ligado is developing a product solution that will leverage its dedicated, licensed spectrum to provide enterprise customers with the scale of a public network while also providing the reliability, security, and customization of a private network.

Mavenir, the industry's only end-to-end network software provider, is a leader in delivering Open RAN solutions that are O-RAN/3GPP compatible. The firm announced a strong business unit in December to build the Open RAN remote radio unit ecosystem.

About Ligado Networks
Our goal is to modernize American companies by offering safe and dependable 5G connection solutions required to change their operations and achieve the efficiencies of a digital world, based on our 25 years of expertise providing critical satellite connectivity. In addition, our plans to deploy licensed mid-band spectrum in public and private 5G networks will help pave the way for future innovations and economic growth across the United States.


About Mavenir
Mavenir is pioneering advanced technologies and developing the future network to create a single, software-based automated network that can operate on any cloud. Mavenir, the industry's first end-to-end, cloud-native network software supplier, is dedicated to changing the way the world connects, accelerating software network transformation for 250+ Communications Service Providers in over 120 countries that service more than 50% of the world's subscribers.

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