P.I. Works and Airspan Network Holdings Inc. (NYSE American: MIMO) have been collaborating with several Tier-1 mobile networks to simplify small cells deployment and automate their management systems. Both companies agreed to extend this collaboration into the Open RAN technology. The main focus is to increase the intelligence and automation related to performance, deployment, and management of an Open RAN architecture, by implementing a fully O-RAN Alliance standardized RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC) together with A1 and O1 interfaces. This collaboration will further improve the development of the Open RAN ecosystem.
“In order to accelerate the adoption of Open RAN, this type of partnership is crucial” said Henrik Smith-Petersen, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer at Airspan. “We have been successfully working with P.I. Works for several years deploying and managing our radios, this partnership will enable us to manage networks more efficiently in a hybrid Open RAN and legacy networks.”
“We believe our increased collaboration will be significant in automating Open RAN networks. P.I. Works’ platform has already been managing multi-vendor, multi-technology networks in 43 countries. Extending our collaboration with Airspan is an essential step towards more efficient management of heterogeneous Open RAN and proprietary networks. We are excited about our continued collaboration with Airspan and look forward to future developments” said Dr. Erol Hepsaydir, VP of Business Development at P.I. Works.