End-to-end network software provider Mavenir has been an early advocate for OpenRAN to drive openness, innovation, and security in 5G. As the company’s progress continues in OpenRAN, it has announced the formation of a Remote Radio Unit (RRU) business unit.
Mavenir has created its new business unit to develop hardware and software production quality designs for OpenRAN radios. It would enable vendors/partners to build radios for specific markets. Mikael Rylander will lead this Business Group as Senior Vice President & General Manager, Radio Business Unit, to focus on RRUs and the RRU ecosystem.
“Our OpenRAN deployments and trials are gaining momentum globally. To further strengthen our roadmap and ongoing Radio Access strategic initiatives, I am pleased to announce the formation of an RRU Business Unit,” said Pardeep Kohli, President and CEO of Mavenir. “With our leadership in OpenRAN, we want to enable a best-in-class partner ecosystem that can together deliver a portfolio of compelling OpenRAN radios. We will support this ecosystem with RRU software, expertise, facilitation of appropriate production sites and RRU validation with our vRAN products. These radios will be available for use by any OpenRAN vendor and not exclusively to Mavenir.”
RAN Business Unit
In addition, Puneet Sethi will be joining Mavenir as Senior Vice President & General Manager, to lead their RAN Business Unit and focus on creating and delivering CU and DU Software solutions.
Mavenir’s CU and DU solutions are designed based on OpenRAN principles and are already deployed with multiple OpenRAN compliant 3rd party radios. Remaining committed to those OpenRAN principles, Mavenir’s CU and DU software solutions will work with both Mavenir radio unit products and 3rd party radio units, thereby offering customers the widest choice in the industry.
Puneet Sethi joins Mavenir most recently from Qualcomm where he helped establish Small Cells and RAN Infra Business ground up to its existing industry leading position in 5G. He had the overall responsibility of the business unit P&L, execution, product roadmap and business development. While delivering significant business growth, Mr. Sethi successfully evolved FSM RAN products including baseband SoC, SW and RF through 3G/4G/5G industry transitions to meet the needs of Qualcomm’s global customer base.
Prior to his current role at Mavenir, Mr. Sethi held other roles at Qualcomm including UWB business development and leading PHY software team responsible for Qualcomm’s first LTE UE modem launch. He also brings diverse set of telecom experiences from his prior roles at Radioframe Networks, Comneon and Ubinetics.