Aricent, a global design and engineering company, has launched a fully pre-integrated 5G RAN framework which drastically cuts Network Equipment Providers’ (NEPs) time to introduce 5G RAN solutions.

The 5G RAN framework is fully compliant to 3GPP specifications and offers both Standalone (SA) and Non-Standalone (NSA) modes to support millimeter wave and sub-6 GHz frequencies for 5G use cases. 

What’s more, the software framework architecture has the flexibility to support all split options meeting 3GPP specifications.

The software framework solution also contains Layer 2 and Layer 3 capabilities which come pre-integrated with PHY from multiple vendors for interoperability. These capabilities give the Chinese OEM a significant advantage to meet 5G trial requirements from service providers in its country and across the world.  

Chinese carriers could spend close to $400 billion on 5G network infrastructure rollouts by 2020. China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom have all been conducting large scale 5G trials across a number of cities.

Chief Engineering Officer, N. Mohan Rangan said, in the race for 5G supremacy, China has invested heavily and gained an impressive head start.

According to him, 5G RAN solutions spanning across small cells and high powered cells across different frequency spectrums are critical to the success of 5G, to deliver seamless coverage and serve a variety of use cases and applications.

“Having built a solid track record of delivering RAN frameworks for 3G and LTE, Aricent is pleased to be partnering and powering Sichuan Tianyi Comheart’s small cell program to create an industry leading solution for operators in China and abroad. 

 “Globally, small cells will play a critical role to meet the exponential demand for data in 5G”, said Shihong Li, CEO at Sichuan Tianyi Comheart Telecom.

He added that, given the variety of use cases and applications 5G will support, his outfit, needed a partner who has the expertise to develop reliable, robust and interoperable small cell solutions.

The collaboration with Aricent, according to him, has been outstanding.