Movandi and KT Corp. announced they will jointly demonstrate an O-RAN (Open Radio Access Network) 5G mmWave radio unit (O-RU). The technology combines essential building blocks for accelerating the development of 5G networks, by using open radio access network (O-RAN) architecture to increase flexibility for service providers.

Multi-party collaboration with Xilinx and SOLiD (the leading O-RAN solution provider) allowed KT to develop a 5G mmWave radio unit that uses Movandi’s BeamX technology, including RF front-end, antennas and software algorithms. Movandi’s high performance 5G mmWave solutions provide the flexibility, scalability and performance to meet the needs of the O-RAN Alliance communities and requirements across a complete range of installations and applications, meeting the needs of tier 1 operators.

“As the industry works toward the goal of 5G mmWave commercial networks, close collaboration among global mobile industry leaders and operators, such as KT, are necessary to prove that a radio unit can be built on an open architecture platform and solve today’s real world deployment challenges,” said Maryam Rofougaran, CEO and founder, Movandi. “We are proud of our achievement with KT and look forward to further collaboration on the path to making 5G a commercial reality.”

Today’s high frequency 5G mmWave networks are filled with a myriad of technical challenges. Movandi and KT intersect these issues in 5G mmWave connectivity and plan to accelerate large-scale 5G commercialization, opening numerous new market opportunities and applications.

“KT has successfully developed 5G mmWave small cell technologies with Movandi and SOLiD,” said Sunwoo Lee, SVP and head of Infra R&D Laboratory, KT. “We will continue to cooperate for open 5G ecosystems with domestic and global partners.”

Movandi’s Beam X RF front-end provides an optimal platform to build a wide range of radio configurations needed for 5G. Providing a modular, high performance design to support a broad range of 5G mmWave applications, simplifying the deployment of traditional base stations for macro base stations, small cells and indoor deployments.

The O-RAN Alliance has committed to evolving radio access networks around the world. Open, standards-based network architectures with interoperable interfaces and off-the-shelf components enable mobile operators to address a diverse set of demands in support of new vertical market revenue opportunities. These opportunities are driven by smart cities, industrial automation and connected cars among other vertical industries.

Demonstration at MWC Los Angeles 2019

Movandi and KT 28 GHz O-RAN radio unit demonstration will be on display at Mobile World Congress in Los Angeles October 22-24, 2019 at the Movandi meeting room.