This partnership will combine the proven expertise of Airspan to deploy compact and intelligent form factors for radio systems at scale with the proven expertise next generation virtualized RAN (vRAN) systems from Altiostar
The partnership was born out of real-world field experience and successful integration of thousands of sites in the world's first commercial Open cloud-scale web-based virtualized RAN network in Japan. Together the companies will enable network operators all over the world to take advantage of fully virtualized cloud native network architectures utilizing Open vRAN developed by Altiostar with the Airspan OpenRANGE platform. Open RAN architectures completely change the status quo for mobile network economics by reducing CapEx and OpEx costs up to 40%, according to a 2019 study conducted by Strategy Analytics.
The multi-vendor open architecture value proposition of a fully cloud native virtualized network will allow operators to select partners like Airspan and Altiostar that specialize in the bleeding edge of their respective fields at a level of granularity that was never before possible with one-stop-shop traditional RAN vendors. By creating this level of focus and removing vendor lock-in, Airspan and Altiostar are driving a paradigm shift in network features, innovation and economics that will translate to improved user experience at lower cost.
According to Henrik Smith-Petersen, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer Airspan Networks, "Open RAN disaggregated network architectures for mobile networks provides us another opportunity to innovate the way networks are deployed.” Further, the partnership with Altiostar enables us to “disrupt monolithic large vendor lock-in.”
Thierry Maupile, Executive Vice President, Strategy and Product Management for Altiostar adds that the partnership with Airspan “will solve 4G and 5G network challenges through the introduction of cloud-scale into mobile networks, enhanced network intelligence and simplified network automation for rollouts for service providers.