Small cell with built-in core network targets private 5G

Small cell with built-in core network targets private 5G

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By Jean-Pierre Joosting

RAKwireless has announced that its All-in-one. 5G offering is now available to system integrators and directly to enterprises. This ‘5G in a box’ hotspot features a 5G and LTE radio, LTE/5G core network, and edge computing, all built into a single small cell package. All-in-one. 5G is bringing core network processing closer to the network edge than ever before, offering ultra-low latency and reliability, and providing a platform for businesses to innovate with new network applications.

Businesses are looking to deploy 5G new radio (NR) in private networks to experiment with and deploy new connectivity use cases and services. These could include robotics in a warehouse, drones within a factory, or IoT devices within an office environment. All-in-one 5G is designed for businesses of any size to be able to quickly and efficiently deploy a private network and introduce new IoT technology on top of it.

The All-in-one. 5G network core uses Magma, the open-source Linux Foundation project that supports 4G, 5G non-standalone, and 5G standalone core network applications. If an enterprise requires more comprehensive core network functionalities, it can also connect to carrier-grade core networks, offered by 3rd-parties such as AWS and Monogoto. Currently, only a very limited number of small cells offer integration with AWS, and RAKwireless now makes this easier than ever before for enables developers to create new network applications for their businesses. It is designed for organisations that want to be able to innovate with 5G and not just use it as a passive network. Developers can leverage the open source community to gain insights from other developers to help optimize and accelerate the development of network applications.

The All-in-one. 5G small cells support CBRS spectrum which means that any business can quickly deploy a cellular network without the need to acquire licensed spectrum. It is also the first small cell that can deliver 5G NR, LTE, LoRaWAN and Wi-Fi 6, to support the broad connectivity requirements of any business. Delivered in a small form factor with a clean and minimalist industrial design it comes with a single cable that both powers the small cell and connects to your local network and the internet.

Ken Yu, CEO at RAKwireless, said: “Businesses want to deploy 5G NR to benefit from the low-latency, reliability and programmability the networks can offer. The All-in-one. 5G makes it easier than ever before for businesses to install, run and manage a private network, with a single piece of technology for the small cell and core network. Featuring plug-and-play SON capabilities; planning, configuration, management and optimization of the network is straightforward. 

“Companies that are looking at the properties of 5G are also typically those that are keen to innovate and deploy new IoT technology to improve operations and better serve their customers. The All-in-one. 5G will foster a culture of knowledge sharing using open source and the open APIs available across the developer community to bring the potential of 5G to life.”

Maor Efrati, Co-founder and CTO of connectivity-as-a-service cloud provider Monogoto added: “Innovation comes when other companies lower the technology, price and regulation barriers. The combination of Monogoto and RAK will lower all the barriers to enable 5G use cases, so the developers can focus on their product.”

Recently, RAK received $10m as part of its Series A round, led by Hong Kong NWS Holding Limited.


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