World first software-defined 4G & 5G solution

US network software provider Mavenir has teamed up with 5G wireless specialist EdgeQ with the goal of creating the world’s first software-defined, dual mode 4G and 5G solution for small cell enterprise markets.

According to Mavenir, the platform will unify the Central Processing Unit (CPU), networking, and a common 4G and 5G Physical Layer in a single solution. Leveraging multi-mode and power over ethernet, Mavenir and EdgeQ claimed they will deliver a software defined solution that enables seamless transition from 4G to 5G.

Pardeep Kohli, chief executive officer of Mavenir, said: “EdgeQ’s low power, converged 4G and 5G solution addresses an industry pain point. EdgeQ shrink wraps 5G in a manner that allows Mavenir to expedite our time to market with targeted differentiation.”

The solution is currently under development, with commercial availability planned for 2023 according to the duo. By leveraging EdgeQ’s Physical Layer, Mavenir claimed it will be able to deliver a portfolio of 4G and 5G enabled solutions all running on the RISC-V based architecture within the construction, automotive and warehousing sectors.

By compacting 4G, 5G, and cloud functionalities into a single-chip, EdgeQ claimed it will provide an all-in-one platform for a diverse portfolio of small cell solutions in a completely software-defined manner. The scalable architecture maximises throughput performance across a large range of concurrent users, all within a compact power envelope.

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