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Benetel launches ORAN-compliant RRU with 7.2 VRAN function split

A new remote radio unit (RRU) from Benetel aims to simplify and speed up the development of next generation cellular networks.

The BNTL-RAN100-3-1L RRU supports the open radio access network (ORAN) 1.0 interface specification and aims to encourage innovation and provide communication system integrators and network operators with far greater system flexibility.

The lab-oriented unit gives engineering teams access to all the core features necessary to undertake initial experiments with ORAN-based network infrastructure. The product is intended for 7.2 split front haul network implementation and has a connection data rate of 10Gbps. It runs off a 12VDC supply and draws less than 40W of power during operation. It supports a 20MHz bandwidth and a +21dBm per antenna port transmission output.

Its modular architecture means that engineers can swap different radio modules from the Benetel portfolio to update designs for specific frequency and transmit power criteria. This versatility aims to reduce engineering overheads, allow design reuse and accelerate time to market, as well as offering the ability to rapidly scale up production.

“Operators and service providers are recognising the value that ORAN can bring to their future business operations, as it will allow them to break away from their current reliance on proprietary interface specifications and better attend to the actual needs of their customer base,” commented Richard Houlihan, Director of Product Management at Benetel. “Thanks to our technical staff’s unmatched expertise in analog-mixed signal technology, this new RRU is real game changer. It presents operators with a foundation upon which to check the validity of different network implementations, develop exciting new end-to end solutions, and tap into the growing ecosystem that is building up around ORAN.”

Charlotte Hathway

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