Mavenir and Microelectronics Technology Inc., (MTI), a have announced the general availability of the Evenstar B3 Remote Radio Head (RRH) in collaboration with Facebook Connectivity. The Evenstar B3 RRH will give mobile network operators (MNOs) the ability to accelerate the adoption of Open RAN technology by providing standardized architecture and a modular approach for disaggregated Radio Access Network (RAN) components.
Mavenir and MTI recently completed the end-to-end interoperability testing of the Evenstar B3 RRH and are now lab testing the system with multiple MNOs around the world. The Evenstar B3 RRH not only addresses current feature requirements in networks today, but also provides flexibility for future feature upgrades, providing a true Virtualized RAN (vRAN).
Launched earlier this year, the Evenstar program focuses on building general-purpose RAN reference architecture for 4G and 5G networks that are aligned with 3GPP and O-RAN specifications. The Evenstar program also contributes to the OpenRAN Project Group managed by the Telecom Infra Project (TIP), working to accelerate the path to commercial deployment of simplified, flexible, disaggregated RAN technologies. RRHs, distribution units (DU), and control unit (CU) software have traditionally been only available as a packaged unit, limiting opportunities to serve suburban and rural locations. By decoupling these components, the Evenstar program enables MNOs to choose best-in-class technology and deploy solutions from an increasing number of technology partners.