Hardware simplifies and speeds lab evaluation of cellular networks

29-10-2019 | Benetel | Subs & Systems

Benetel’s latest remote radio unit satisfies the migration from closed proprietary interface protocols and displays the company’s commitment to supporting widespread adoption of emerging open standards. Supporting the ORAN 1.0 interface specification, the BNTL-RAN100-3-1L RRU encourages innovation and provides communication system integrators and network operators with more system flexibility.

The lab-oriented unit provides engineering teams access to the core features required to commence initial experiments with ORAN-based network infrastructure - especially in relation to giving superior indoor cellular coverage. The device is intended for 7.2 split front haul network implementation and offers a connection data rate of 10Gbps. Operating off a 12VDC supply and drawing less than 40W of power throughout operation, this compact (240mm x 240mm x 60mm), extremely robust unit supports 2x2 MIMO streams. It supports a 20MHz bandwidth and +21dBm per antenna port transmission output.

“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,” states 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.”

He adds: “Following on from this release, we will be adding further capabilities to the product series over time. Among these will be IEEE 1588v2 synchronisation, Power-over-Ethernet and 5G radio modules”.

By Natasha Shek