Benetel has launched its flagship BNTL-RAN550 O-RAN radio unit (O-RU). This recent addition to the company’s RU product family offers 100MHz of instantaneous bandwidth, with up to 250mW of output power per transmitter path.
The blend of elevated performance parameters, small form factor and low total cost of ownership, indicates this 5G RU is notably well suited to indoor deployments, which are set to become more commonplace. Enterprises and mobile network operators will be able to profit from this solution, utilising it in access points, private networks, etc.
The device’s highly adaptable modular architecture is fully compliant with the latest O-RAN interface specification, supporting 7.2 split fronthaul network configurations. The unit is supplied with two 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports for fronthaul network interfacing, and the built-in antennae support 4T4R MIMO operation. This initial version supports the 5G band n78 (3.3GHz to 3.8GHz), with further frequencies (upper band n77 and band n79) already under development.
The O-RUs are created for ceiling-mount and wall-mount implementations. These CE/FCC-certified units provide an operational temperature range of 0C to +45C and are powered by a 12VDC supply (or via PoE++).
“The BNTL-RAN550 offers a deployment-ready O-RAN solution, as well as being highly applicable for those implementing small network trials,” says Adrian O`Connor, CEO of Benetel. “This latest member of our continuously expanding RU product family underlines the ongoing commitment that Benetel has made to stimulating innovation within the 5G ecosystem. Our product roadmap is fully driven by market needs, and this initial version will be certified for use in the main global markets.”