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Exclusive: Virgin Media O2 Selects Mavenir as Open RAN Vendor

In order to build out a scalable Open vRAN solution as part of its network evolution ambitions, Virgin Media O2 has chosen Mavenir as its Open RAN vendor and prime integrator. The virtualized L1, L2 vRAN SW, Intel processors, and Virgin Media O2’s network infrastructure assets will be part of the cloud-native solution’s scalability.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Virgin Media O2 selects Mavenir as Open RAN vendor for network evolution plan.
  • Mavenir’s Open vRAN solution will feature virtualised L1, L2 vRAN SW and Intel processors for scalability.
  • Intel to collaborate with Mavenir and Virgin Media O2 for sustainable network innovation.

A network software provider named Mavenir has been selected by Virgin Media O2, a British media and telecoms firm, to be the vendor for its Open Radio Access Network (Open RAN). Through this agreement, Virgin Media O2 will be able to put out a scalable Open vRAN solution as part of its goals for network evolution while adopting a more adaptable and cloud-native architecture.

Mavenir’s cloud-native Open vRAN solution

Mavenir’s Open vRAN solution has been built from the ground up to be cloud-native, with fully containerized microservices, making it easy to deploy on any cloud. The solution works on open interfaces supporting O-RAN Split 7.2x and Split 2 and further disaggregates into Distributed Unit (DU) and Centralised Unit (CU), which function as containerized network functions running on Commercial Off the Shelf (COTS) hardware containing Intel processors.

The Open vRAN solution is designed to support multiple Fronthaul splits simultaneously, providing a vendor-agnostic and future-proof architecture that leverages Virgin Media O2’s network infrastructure assets.

Solution to feature virtualised L1, L2 vRAN SW

The system will consist of fully virtualized L1, L2 vRAN SW and will operate on Intel Xeon Scalable Processors, along with Intel vRAN Accelerator ACC100 and Intel 800 series Ethernet adapters. The delivery will also feature Mavenir’s OpenBeam Radios, including massive MIMO, 3rd party O-RAN based Radio Units, network monitoring, and optimization.

Virgin Media O2 Infrastructure

In order to maximize the value of already existing assets, the organization is digitalizing networks by seamlessly integrating infrastructure.

Virgin Media O2 states that “extending collaboration with Mavenir to the RAN for the first time will help O2 establish a future-proof Open vRAN architecture, unlocking the benefits of a multi-vendor open interface while allowing the telco to rapidly benefit from an end-to-end network solution.”

The Mavenir OpenBeam radio portfolio perfectly satisfies the full spectrum needs of Virgin Media O2.

The collaboration between Virgin Media O2 and Mavenir, which offers a flexible and future-proof system that can adjust to shifting demands and use cases, overall marks a substantial advancement in network architecture.

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Written by Shallu Srivastav

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