Microwave Journal

Movandi Joins O-RAN Alliance

October 16, 2019

Movandi has joined the O-RAN Alliance, an industry consortium formed to move the mobile network to a cloud-based, virtual system of open interfaces and compatible hardware and software from multiple manufacturers.

Reza Rofougaran, the CTO, co-CEO and founder of Movandi, said, “The O-RAN Alliance was created to accelerate the delivery of products that support a common, open architecture and standardized interfaces that we, as Movandi, view as the foundation of our next-generation BeamX wireless infrastructure systems.”

Movandi’s Beam XR was developed to improve 5G mmWave coverage by amplifying mmWave signals to better penetrate buildings and propagate around structures. According to the company, Beam XR will help accelerate 5G commercialization by reducing infrastructure costs, simplifying deployment and increasing network capacity, without impacting latency. Movandi announced Beam XR at the 2019 Mobile World Congress.

O-RAN Alliance

The O-RAN Alliance was formed in 2018 by AT&T, China Mobile, Deutsche Telekom, NTT DOCOMO and Orange. It is managed by an operating board comprising 15 operators and supported by a technical steering committee co-chaired by Sachin Katti, a professor at Stanford University, and Chih-Lin I, the chief scientist of wireless technologies at China Mobile. Eight working groups focus on specific areas of the network, such as “white-box hardware.”

The alliance currently lists 22 operators and 98 non-operator members, primarily companies and several universities and research organizations. Analog Devices, Anokiwave, Broadcom, Intel, Keysight, National Instruments, NXP, Qualcomm and Xilinx are among the members identified on the O-RAN Alliance website.