Mavenir announced that it is in the advanced commercial phase of an Open RAN network pilot deployment for Vodafone Idea in India. Started in September 2023, the first sites are already carrying live commercial traffic ahead of a planned large-scale deployment. The pilot marks the first O-RAN-compliant deployment into Vodafone Idea’s network, using the N78 and N258 mmWave spectrum bands and B1 supporting NSA architecture.

Mavenir said it is providing a complete, end-to-end cloud-native Open RAN system for the Indian operator, incorporating a Distributed Unit (DU) based on commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware and Mavenir’s modular OpenBeam Radios, Centralized Unit (CU) and full Remote Radio Unit (RRU) and RAN software capabilities, all running on Red Hat OpenShift, the hybrid cloud application platform powered by Kubernetes. The set-up is optimised for deployment in urban environments.

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