Benetel unites with Radisys for Open RAN RU

Benetel confirms Radisys tie-up for new Open RAN Radio Unit venture.

Irish radio developer Benetel, which announced in December 2020 that it was launching indoor Open RAN Radio Units (RUs), said today that it has used software from Radisys to build a complete RU.

Benetel said it has integrated its Radio Unit (RU) with Radisys’ 5G NR Open RAN CU-DU software and has also licensed Radisys’ LTE software for its eNodeB radio platforms. The official announcement comes after Benetel told TMN last month that it was working with both Radisys and Altran on DU-CU integration.

Adrian O’Connor, CEO of Benetel, said, “OpenRAN success will be linked to a close integration between a CU/DU solution and an O-RU provider. Radisys is the ideal partner for our solution given its leadership in the OpenRAN ecosystem and its industry-leading LTE and 5G NR software stacks.”

Radisys said that its 5G NR software suite supports NSA and SA mode, for mmWave and sub-6GHz frequencies. The companies say they have demonstrated a successful 5G SA call over the n78 (3.5 GHz) band using the integrated solution.

Radisys, now owned by RelianceJio, has been heavily involved in that operator’s effort to develop software for an Open RAN for 5G, allowing it to add a “made in India” label on the technology it deploys.