Turkcell has selected Mavenir to test and deploy OpenRAN vRAN within its home market.
Mavenir’s OpenRAN vRAN solution centralises baseband processing in cloud-native virtualised baseband units (vBBU) and exploits fronthaul over ethernet between vBBU and multiple remote radio units (RRU). The Mavenir vRAN architecture and platform can support 4G as well as both the NSA and SA implementations of 5G NR.
The partnership will start directly with fully containerised CU/DU and Open FH with Split 7.2 in trial and planned deployments. Virtual RAN solution will be deployed on Turkcell Telco Cloud and it will be the first workload to go live on Turkcell Edge Cloud.
Mikael Rylander, SVP/GM Radio Access Products stated, “We are excited to be working with Turkcell, a thought leader for OpenRAN, again proving that OpenRAN solutions are a critical step in expanding the supply base and increasing security for future mobile networks.”
With open interfaces, the solution has the flexibility to support various deployment scenarios – including functional split 2 for enterprises and split 2 & 7 for macro cells. It can also support massive MIMO, edge micro services and network slicing for 5G NR.
Gediz Sezgin, Turkcell CTO stated, “At Turkcell, we have reached more than 60% virtualisation in our mobile core network. We already take great advantage of what virtualisation has to offer and are willing to extend the benefits of virtualisation coupled with open RAN for the next step in Turkcell’s Radio Access Network evolution.”