BAI Communications and Mavenir partner on smart city project

Mavenir is collaborating with BAI Communications (BAI) on a Sunderland City Council smart city project in Northern England (UK) using Mavenir’s Open RAN MAVedge technology.

BAI Communications will build a new 5G-focused network to accelerate the adoption of transformative digital services for sectors including manufacturing, logistics, education and social care. The initial scope is the deployment of a private 5G network in the city center which has the potential to develop into a neutral host network.

Host Neutral models provide coverage and connectivity for smart city initiatives. It enables local councils and authorities to provide smart services and operate many smart community applications in a more feasible and cost-effective manner.

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MAVedge combines Mavenir’s Open vRAN and 5G Packet Core products to drive the next generation of digital transformation for this smart city project, and to provide advanced 5G mobile connectivity to the local community. MAVedge enables secure, edge-to-edge private networking and leverages a digital marketplace for applications and devices to create an efficient environment for diverse enterprise and industry use cases.

5G Open vRAN and 5G Packet Core products are built using cloud-native virtualization technologies that provide a fully scalable, virtualized network architecture with open standard interfaces. The Open RAN platform for BAI communications provides the option to deploy radio modules from different vendors. The application uses commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) software that provides cost-effectiveness, flexibility, and agility, while offering a single architecture as a baseline for many different use cases.

“Open RAN is a cost-effective solution based on open interfaces that will give us the ability to deploy in a very flexible and flexible way,” said Brendan O’Reilly, Group CTO at BAI Communications. “Mavenir

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