Parallel Wireless and Vodafone deploy OpenRAN pilot in DRC

October 7, 2019 • Company News, Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories

US-based OpenRAN company, Parallel Wireless, announced on Monday, 7 October 2019, that telecoms company, Vodafone has deployed a macro Parallel Wireless OpenRAN pilot in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The trial is part of a Telecom Infra Project OpenRAN initiative to reduce deployment and maintenance costs for RAN platforms.

According to the company, it’s ALL G cloud-native fully virtualised RAN solution delivers all three RAN technologies (2G, 3G, 4G/LTE) to commercial customers by disaggregating hardware and software to make deployments fully virtualised, easy and affordable to install, maintain, and available for upgrade to any future technology.

Parallel Wireless’ technology has been installed in several urbanised and less-dense locations – making it an excellent solution to the growing demand for mobile broadband services.

“As a leading global operator, Vodafone is setting the standard for connecting the worldwide population, consumers, enterprises, and things,” says Amrit Heer, Head of Business Development, EME, Parallel Wireless. “Hardware-based networks are costly and difficult to maintain and upgrade. By shifting networks to virtualised OpenRAN, telecom operators can ‘cloudify’ their networks to deliver coverage to every single subscriber at a much lower cost. We are proud to support Vodafone in reimagining wireless infrastructure to be much lower cost ensuring more equal access to connectivity.”

Lux Maharaj, Director of Africa Sales Parallel Wireless, says, “We are committed to our role in innovating in the OpenRAN ecosystem to help eliminate the digital divide. By decoupling the programmable RAN software from the hardware and allowing it to run on general-purpose processing platforms, Parallel Wireless enables cloud native architectures, providing greater flexibility for operators. As a result, the costs associated with building or modernising mobile networks are reduced and connectivity can be brought to every single person in the world”.

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