Project will create blue-print for Orange’s next generation of efficient, agile zero-touch networks
Mavenir, the Network Software Provider building the future of networks with cloud-native software that runs on any cloud and transforms the way the world connects, has been selected to provide its 5G Open RAN software to Orange for Europe’s first 5G Stand Alone end-to-end cloud network.
The experimental network in Lannion, in the Britany department of France, will be 100% software-enabled and will go live in July. This first phase of a two-year project is a key pillar in Orange’s preparations to transition towards more efficient and agile cloud-native zero-touch Open RAN networks.
Mavenir is supplying its MAVair family of virtualised Open RAN software solutions which will take advantage of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning platforms to enable the RAN to flex and adapt based on usage and coverage. In the experimental network, MAVair Open RAN software and core functions will be deployed on a single Kubernetes-based infrastructure fully managed by Orange.
“Mavenir is delighted to be part of this exciting initiative and we look forward to sharing our experience in Open RAN and cloud-native virtualised network software as Orange embarks on this important network transition,” said Hubert de Pesquidoux, Executive Chairman of Mavenir.
“Transformation to Open RAN and more generally migration to cloud native architecture are extremely important for Orange. Together with Mavenir, Orange is preparing the fully cloud native and automated 5G standalone network of the future,” states Emmanuel Lugagne Delpon, SVP Orange Innovation Networks.