▷ Future RAN: diversifying the 5G supply chain to unlock the full potential of Open RAN …


10.12.2021 – 14:10

Dense Air Limited

London (ots/PRNewswire)

The Ministry of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport decides to finance CoMP-O-RAN

Dense Air Limited, together with a consortium of industrial and academic partners, has successfully received funding for the recently announced Future RAN competition – Diversification of the 5G supply chain from the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

The project, called the Coordinated Multipoint Open Radio Access Network, or CoMP-O-RAN for short, will revolutionize the performance and cost of dense 5G New Radio (NR) small cell networks in the open to provide full 5G coverage across the UK to reach. The adoption of 5G and the massive deployment of gigabit services by mobile network operators is vital to the UK’s economic development. CoMP-O-RAN offers a consolidation solution that enables both public and private network operators to expand 5G coverage and capacity to areas that are not or only insufficiently supplied due to poor economic conditions either in the fully licensed or in the shared frequency spectrum .

Julia Lopez, Minister of State for digital infrastructure

“Our cellular networks are playing an increasingly important role in our lives and our businesses. That’s why we’re investing £ 36 million in innovation Projectsto ensure that our networks will continue to be secure for decades to come. I am delighted that such a large number of innovative companies are now joining FRANC to create a more competitive and resilient telecom supply chain. “

The successful DCMS competition projects for the future of Open-RAN were announced on Wednesday, December 8th, 2021 and will receive a portion of £ 36 million in 5G research and development funds to support and promote 5G technology developments in Great Britain. Competition directly supports the UK Government’s 5G Supply Chain Diversification Strategy. “

Paul Sr., CEO of Dense Air

On behalf of Dense Air and our consortium partners, we are pleased that the UK government has selected our CoMP-O-RAN project as part of their DCMS 5G Future RAN competition. The technology being developed as part of this project will fundamentally change the economics of use and the ‘cost per Gbit’ of Open RAN solutions in the UK and other international markets. “

In collaboration with Airspan Communications Limited, Blu Wireless UK Limited, Radisys UK Limited and the University of Glasgow, a consortium led by Dense Air Limited is creating an economically viable 5G NR O-RAN Distributed Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) – CoMP-O -Develop RAN. For the first time, this technology will enable both private and public cellular network operators (MNOs) to leverage the 5G carrier ecosystem in a cost-effective manner, making 5G supply chain diversification both an option and a reality.

Eric Stonestrom, President and CEO of Airspan Communications Limited

We are thrilled to be a member of this consortium. We look forward to working with this distinguished group of executives, including DCMS officials, to accelerate 5G and Open RAN innovation as Airspan adds new functionality in our radios through split-6 virtualization and embedded mmWave fronthaul transport solutions developed. We believe this technology will play a key role in future 5G solutions. “

Alan Jones, CEO Blu Wireless

With the increasing scaling and densification of 5G networks, innovative ways of maintaining performance and bandwidth will be required. The use of Blu Wireless’ low latency mmWave technology to enable CoMP-O-RAN will have a significant impact on the future economics of 5G NR deployment models in both public and private networks. “

CoMP-O-RAN will enable future 5G small cell networks to benefit from radio processing technologies that are already used in massive MIMO macro cells. It is important that CoMP-O-RAN will improve the operation of small cells in interference-limited scenarios, such as B. in the case of spectrum division with licensed and low-licensed assignments in the British shared access spectrum at 3.8-4.2 GHz and the US CBRS in the 3.55-3.7 GHz band.

Professor Muhammad Imran from the James Watt School of Engineering, University of Glasgow

This project is a great opportunity to implement algorithms and techniques developed by our sensing and imaging group into a promising real world system. We anticipate that end users will benefit from an improved experience and lower cost of digital connectivity. We look forward to working with our partners in developing the CoMP algorithm. “

With the support of the DCMS, the consortium will focus on improving the economics of 5G network densification and enabling better use of the vertical roadside and internal infrastructure in order to achieve lower costs, faster speeds, higher capacities and a better service experience for end-users in city centers, Suburbs and even in rural areas too. However, it’s not just about higher capacities and faster speeds – CoMP will improve the reliability and availability of services, which is crucial in many use cases for private networks such as Industry 4.0, healthcare, critical communication services and future networked and autonomous transport corridors. Tests and validations under real conditions are primarily carried out at UTAC’s Millbrook Proving Ground, which is also where the successful DCMS 5G AutoAir testbed project is located.

Peter Stoker Chief Engineer – Connected Autonomous Vehicles, UTAC, Millbrook Proving Ground, Bedfordshire

We are happy to support the CoMP-O-RAN consortium. The facilities here at UTAC are great for this type of test as our test site in the UK is already being used for the validation of interconnect technology and infrastructures. “

CoMP-O-RAN offers a network hierarchy in which software and hardware components are distributed over the network. This will encourage further innovation from specialist vendors creating additional jobs in the software and hardware industries, and subsequently leading to additional developments in manufacturing and the supply chain in the UK and elsewhere. Whenever possible, the consortium will seek to source components in areas of regional inequality, building on the UK government’s agenda for leveling up and the Industry 4.0 strategy to promote digital skills.

Arun Bikshesvaran CEO, Radisys UK Limited

“We’re glad us to be part of this consortium focused on delivering a CoMP-O-RAN solution that integrates our award-winning, standards-based ConnectRAN software portfolio for disaggregated O-RAN architectures. We are determined to work with our ecosystem partners to develop advanced solutions to commercialize 5G O-RAN and bring high performing products to the UK market. “

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