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umlaut Installs First 5G Open RAN Campus Network in Aachen
The 5G campus network is to be a foundation for engineering studies and collaborative testing of various pioneering applications in areas including logistics, manufacturing, health & life, utilities, and many other industries arising from umlaut's and its customers' fields of activity.
FREMONT, CA: umlaut, a global, cross-industry full-service company providing technology and organizational consulting and implementation services to customers worldwide, is installing its first 5G campus network at its headquarters location in Aachen, Germany. This 5G standalone network uses 100 MHz of C-Band spectrum and leverages virtualized architecture to deliver flexibility and scalability. As announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the project is being done in collaboration with Airspan, a US-based provider of ground-breaking, disruptive software and hardware for 5G networks and a pioneer in end-to-end Open RAN solutions, Druid Software, a global leader in 4G/5G private cellular technology.
The advantage: teaming with umlaut, customers will have a well-defined, flexible set-up for realizing their application scenarios in conjunction with umlaut's end-to-end domain knowledge – and without the hassle or requirement to apply for a license and build their own network. Companies that do have the assets to build their private network can still benefit from umlaut's services to help design, deploy, optimize, and operate their network. In addition, they can train and familiarize themselves in private network management techniques and processes.
Hakan Ekmen, Global CEO Telecommunication at umlaut, says: "We are proud that when it comes to 5G we are once again pioneers. With our 5G campus network, we can test a wide variety of industrial applications and scenarios which provide real value for our customers. We will provide them with tangible, reliable results to help them develop their 5G strategies and proof of concepts, in the perfect test environment, saving the cost of building and operating their own 5G test beds. umlaut will also support our customers in creating their own tailor-made environment from planning license application for network rollout, launch and optimization and managed operation of our clients' private networks."
Airspan will provide its end-to-end Open RAN suite of indoor and outdoor solutions, including software and hardware, as part of umlaut's disruptive network to validate multiple 5G use cases and applications related to private networks. Airspan was recognized last month with an award for excellence and innovation for the fourth consecutive year by the Small Cell Forum for its ground-breaking work partnering with Rakuten Mobile and Qualcomm to power Rakuten's mobile network, which was recognized as the world's first fully virtualized, software-driven mobile network leveraging millimeter wave (mmWave) Open RAN small cell architecture.
"As a leader in 5G and Open RAN solutions, Airspan is well-positioned to take advantage of the expanded adoption of Open RAN technology and open architecture, and is working closely with other industry leaders, including umlaut, to enhance the ecosystem," said Airspan President and CEO Eric Stonestrom. "This private network solution leveraging our 5G and Open RAN expertise, software and hardware will help many enterprises develop and validate 5G use cases that will drive innovation."