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EdgeQ and Vodafone Debut mMIMO Open RAN Solution

February 28, 2023

EdgeQ Inc, a leader in 5G wireless infrastructure, has collaborated with Vodafone, a leading telecommunications mobile operator in Open Radio Access Network (O-RAN), and Dell Technologies to debut a state-of-the-art O-RAN-based, massive MIMO solution at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

The collaboration and design between the three companies enables a new example of maMIMO 5G networks that leverages in-line acceleration technologies to deliver high user capacity, high network bandwidth at relatively low power for the new O-RAN-based deployments.

Hosted at the Vodafone stand, the live system comprised of a Dell PowerEdge XR11 server and an EdgeQ M-Series L1 accelerator will demonstrate impressive throughput of 5 Gbps, with the accelerator drawing less than 50 watts. The collaboration and design between the three companies demonstrate the principles of a 5G O-RAN infrastructure solution on a standard server, an in-line acceleration, a radio unit system, and third party L2/L3 software stack from collaborating companies.

“Vodafone is committed to driving 5G O-RAN deployments at scale. Our showcase with EdgeQ and Dell Technologies validates how open innovation can drive better performance and cost efficiencies. Technologies such as EdgeQ’s high capacity in-line L1 acceleration should enable Vodafone to scale our macro cell infrastructure to new levels of performance and efficiency without compromise,” said Paco Martin, head of OpenRAN product team, network architecture, Vodafone.

EdgeQ’s multi-node 4G/5G Base Station-on-a-Chip solution converges connectivity, compute and networking in a disruptively innovative software-defined platform. The highly scalable, flexibly adaptive EdgeQ platform solution uniquely features a production-grade L1 stack that is open and customizable. The scalable architecture maximizes throughput performance, compute processing, across a large range of concurrent users and multiple carriers, all within a compact power and cost envelope.

“EdgeQ was founded on the belief of reconstituting the network in simple and intuitive terms. Together with Vodafone and Dell Technologies, we have shown the first instantiation of a new market paradigm that scales openly and flexibly, without the cost burden and power penalties of traditional platform approaches,” said Vinay Ravuri, CEO and founder at EdgeQ.

The O-RAN In-Line massive MIMO Acceleration Demo can be seen at Vodafone Booth 3E11.