Full Cloud Telecom Takes a Giant Step Forward with First Commercial Implementation of Evenstar 4G RRU

Full Cloud Telecom Takes a Giant Step Forward with First Commercial Implementation of Evenstar 4G RRU

By Arti Loftus, Special Correspondent  |  June 28, 2021

As migration to the cloud continues at a rapid pace enhanced by the onset of Covid-19, network software providers have been innovating to transform the way the world connects through a variety of cloud-native software. As one of these innovators, Texas-based Mavenir has been pioneering this advanced technology with a focus on a single software-based automated network that is compatible with any cloud.

This end-to-end, cloud-native network software provider is building toward altering how the world currently connects, accelerating software network transformation for 250+ Communications Service Providers in over 120 countries, which serve more than 50% of the world’s subscribers, according to the company.

In conjunction with one of the foremost telecommunication groups in Asia, Axiata Group Berhad,  Mavenir announced recently the two companies have achieved full integration in the live environment through the utilization of the MAVair O-RAN-based solution for Open RAN.

This represents the first time in commercial service of the Evenstar 4G RRU, produced by the Telecom Infra Project, with 7.2 O-RAN interface and Open RAN fully virtualized.

Currently deployed in Sri Lanka, Malaysia, and Indonesia, Axiata has selected sites from the legacy incumbent vendors and replaced them with the MAVair Open vRAN solution from Mavenir. Sites are connected with non-ideal backhaul (microwave links), and specifically in some cases with Satellite connectivity, being the first-ever in Open vRAN solutions in the world.

“We are proud to be among the first to deploy TIP’s Evenstar 4G radios in live commercial Open RAN environments,” said Thomas Hundt, Executive Vice President – Technology at Axiata Group Berhad. “We’re encouraged by how Mavenir’s cloud-native Open virtualized RAN has integrated so seamlessly into our legacy networks.”

Part of a diverse portfolio, the MAVair family, includes the flexible Open RAN approach, integrating evolved RAN architecture designed with cloud-native virtualization techniques that enable the RAN to adapt based on usage and coverage. Offering up-to-date network features through virtualized disaggregated network components with open standard interfaces while allowing specific customization and innovation where appropriate.

Due to Flawless integration with existing coverage, users can benefit from seamless service continuity as well as greatly enhanced broadband that includes a variety of next-generation services. Capable of performing in any environment, rural and urban, the exceedingly flexible automated infrastructure of the MAVair Open vRAN can also adapt to the existing environment providing an ideal solution for new applications.

“Mavenir is delighted to work with Axiata on their radio network transformation initiative. Together, we have achieved excellent results in Axiata’s commercial network and sites deployed in rural, suburban, and urban locations, proving the extreme flexibility of Open vRAN,” said Pardeep Kohli, Mavenir president, and CEO. “The collaboration will transform existing networks into a dynamic, agile and cloud-native based platform where Mavenir and Axiata will build the Networks of the Future.”

As the MAVair Open vRAN continues to be integrated in various Asian networks, the numerous benefits will likely continue to grow its use internationally.

Kuntal Chowdhury, SVP & GM, AI & Analytics Business Unit, Mavenir, will be speaking on the UNLOCKING THE POWER OF SECURITY TOOLS WITH AI session on Wednesday, 30 June, 16:45 - 17:30 CEST, Auditorium A, Hall 3 at Mobile World Congress (News - Alert) Barcelona.


Arti Loftus is an experienced Information Technology specialist with a demonstrated history of working in the research, writing, and editing industry with many published articles under her belt.

Edited by Luke Bellos