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Movandi and Mavenir Join Forces on 5G mmWave Open RAN Solution Powering the First Smart City in Thailand

Mavenir’s Cloud-Native, Open Architecture-Based Private Network Solution Leverages Movandi’s BeamX mmWave Technology

June 30, 2021

Movandi announced a strategic collaboration with Mavenir to provide Movandi’s BeamX 5G mmWave technology for the recently announced 5G mmWave Open Radio Access Network (RAN) smart city in Thailand. Mavenir’s Open RAN radio units (RU) for the smart city private network include Movandi’s mmWave RF ICs and phased array modules that together enable an ultra-low-power RU solution delivering superior 5G performance in a smaller antenna array.

Mavenir’s cloud-native, open architecture-based private network solution enables service providers to deliver on the promise of 5G. The software-based platform transforms mobile communication private networks into a virtualized environment where devices, applications and services run on an automated network using open architecture, containers and artificial intelligence. In addition to using Movandi’s RF chips and power amplifier module (PAM), Mavenir’s end-to-end 5G mmWave Open RAN solution includes a 5G core with Open API technology standards, working in sync with cloud-native solutions to support private on-premises smart city applications such as real-time diagnostics of traffic, public safety, digital signage and environmental conditions.

"Our technology partnership with Movandi enables us to deliver robust, high-performance 5G mmWave RU solutions that will help drive deployment of O-RAN based infrastructure," said Pardeep Kohli, president and CEO, Mavenir. "Movandi’s mmWave RF chipsets, algorithms, beamformer technology and PAM antenna provide a high performance, low-power RF front-end for our cloud-native Open RAN solution."

Movandi’s mmWave technology enables the multi-gigabit speeds, low latency and reliability required by 5G smart city networks operating tens of thousands of IoT sensors, smart poles, drones and other connected devices that need ultra-fast data uplinks to the cloud for real-time analysis and smart city management.

"By joining forces with Mavenir on 5G mmWave Open RAN solutions, we’re delivering innovative mmWave silicon and software technology to enable the first 5G-powered smart city in Thailand, showcasing the future of our increasingly cloud-connected digital world," said Maryam Rofougaran, CEO and co-founder of Movandi. "We are committed to supporting Mavenir’s open architecture-based private network solutions, which are enabling communications companies and service provides to scale their 5G deployments for smart cities."

5G Open RAN has significant momentum in the market with ABI Research forecasting network vendor spending to reach $10 billion by 2026-27 and then surpass traditional RAN at $30 billion by 2030.