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Virgin Media O2 selects Mavenir for Open RAN deployment

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Virgin Media O2 has selected Mavenir as its Open RAN vendor as the telco rolls out a scalable Open virtualised Radio Access Network (Open vRAN) solution for sites across its network.

According to Mavenir, its Open vRAN solution is cloud-native, with fully containerised microservices allowing it to be deployed easily on any cloud. It will consist of fully virtualised L1, L2 vRAN SW and will operate on Intel Xeon Scalable Processors, along with Intel vRAN Accelerator ACC100 and Intel 800 series Ethernet adapters.

Jeanie York, Chief Technology Officer at Virgin Media O2, said: “Through digitalising our networks, we’re seamlessly integrating our infrastructure to get more value from our existing assets. Extending our collaboration with Mavenir to the RAN for the first time will help us establish a future-proof Open vRAN architecture, unlocking the benefits of a multi-vendor open interface while allowing us to rapidly benefit from an end-to-end network solution.”

Pardeep Kohli, President and CEO at Mavenir, added, “Mavenir’s Open vRAN cloud-native approach presents new pathways for automated networks to deliver on the use cases and data demands of today and beyond – driving network elasticity, flexibility and best-in-class automation. The Mavenir OpenBeam radio portfolio fully complements Virgin Media O2’s full spectrum requirements and we look forward to playing an active role in unlocking network automation and openness in the RAN.”

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