Next-generation 5G ‘Green by Design’ mMIMO radios

Next-generation 5G ‘Green by Design’ mMIMO radios

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By Jean-Pierre Joosting

Mavenir has announced new developments on its OpenBeam™ massive MIMO (mMIMO) portfolio, powered by Qualcomm® QRU100 5G RAN platform, comprising the introduction a low-power next-generation 32TRX variant along with a high-power 32TRX offering.

These next-generation mMIMO 32TRX Active Antenna Units (AAUs) introduce a new breed of open and interoperable radios that are green by design. They deliver exceptional energy efficiency — resulting in one of the leanest mMIMO AAU footprints in the industry, offering substantial OpEx savings.

In addition to the current O-RAN 7.2b specification, the products are also engineered to support ULPI (Uplink Performance Improvement), allowing network operators to improve uplink performance of massive MIMO, minimize latency, and reduce fronthaul bandwidth, especially in urban settings where network capacity demand is high.

The portfolio consists of two discrete models that accelerate 5G mid-band rollouts:

32TRX AAU low power model: Offering one of the lowest footprints in the industry, the low power mMIMO AAU delivers 200-W output power with 128 antenna elements at the lowest energy consumption. The radio is optimized for deployment in dense environments, driving faster installations and lower operational overheads.

32TRX AAU high power model: The high-performance mMIMO AAU is capable of delivering 320-W output power and offers 192 antenna elements. This platform supports larger instantaneous bandwidth, while the output power extends coverage, making it ideal for RAN sharing deployments.

The 32TRX AAUs deliver advanced energy-saving capabilities incorporating smart sleep-mode schemes that are activated during idle, low, and busy hour traffic. These automated capabilities can be further enhanced using AI/ML-based intelligence.

Paco Martin, Head of Open RAN at Vodafone Group: “The broadening of Mavenir’s mMIMO portfolio with the addition of a low power, compact product fits our single-operator and footprint-constrained sites, on top of the existing higher power leading product. Further adoption of Qualcomm QRU100 5G RAN Platform keeps bringing high performance and power efficient Open RAN radios allowing us to deliver the best customer experience.”

BG Kumar, President, Access Networks, Platforms and MDE from Mavenir said: “With this continuing evolution and enhancement of our OpenBeam™ massive MIMO radios, Mavenir is once again setting new standards in the industry for energy efficiency, sustainability and performance.”

“This is another great milestone in our ongoing collaboration with Mavenir, driving full-scale adoption of Open and Virtualized RAN,” said Gerardo Giaretta, Vice President, Product Management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

The OpenBeam™ full radio portfolio will be displayed at the upcoming Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

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