Mavenir teams for UK Open RAN smart city project

January 11, 2022 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
BAI Communications and Mavenir partner on smart city project
A city-centre Open RAN 5G private network in Sunderland can evolve into a neutral host aims to transform digital services.

Mavenir is teaming up with BAI Communications (BAI) on a smart city project for Sunderland City Council in the north of England (UK) using Mavenir’s Open RAN MAVedge technology.

BAI Communications will build a new 5G centric network to accelerate adoption of transformative digital services for sectors including manufacturing and logistics, education and social care.  The initial scope is for the deployment of a city-centre 5G private network which has the potential to evolve and become a neutral host network.

Neutral host models provide coverage and connectivity for smart city initiatives. They enable local councils and authorities to provide smart services and run numerous smart community applications in a more viable and cost-effective manner.

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MAVedge comprises Mavenir’s Open vRAN and 5G Packet Core products to drive the next generation digital transformation of this smart city project, and to provide advanced 5G mobile connectivity to the local community. MAVedge enables secure private networks to be distributed at the edge and powers a digital marketplace of applications and devices to create an efficient environment for diverse use cases for the enterprise and industry.

The 5G Open vRAN and 5G Packet Core products are designed with cloud-native virtualisation techniques providing a fully scalable and virtualised network architecture with open standard interfaces. The Open RAN platform provides BAI Communications the option of deploying radio units from different vendors. The implementation uses software running on commercial off the shelf (COTS) hardware that provides cost effectiveness, flexibility and agility, whilst delivering one architecture as a baseline for many different use cases.

“Open RAN is a cost-effective solution which is based on open interfaces and will give us the ability to deploy in a very agile and flexible way,” said Brendan O’Reilly, Group Chief Technology Officer at BAI Communications. “Mavenir is


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