Celona introduces enterprise O-RAN, Open RAN


Ink Strategic Partnership with In-Q-Tel to Meet Growing Federal Market Requirements for Emerging 5G LAN Technology

CUPERTINO, CA – September 2, 2021 -Celona, ​​the leading innovator and pioneer in 5G LAN solutions, today announced the first enterprise-focused implementation of the O-RAN Alliance Open Radio Access Networks (O-RAN) specifications, which allow virtualization of software for 5G radio access networks in within private mobile networks. Celona also announced that it has signed a strategic partnership and investment agreement with In-Q-Tel Inc., providing their US intelligence services and national security partners with a first-of-its-kind 5G LAN technology.

“Celona’s software-defined wireless networking solution enables businesses to create and manage their own private 5G and LTE cellular networks for secure corporate communication,” said Brinda Judea, Senior Partner, Investing at In-Q-Tel. “Their solution is designed to facilitate the deployment of secure wireless, making it suitable for deployment in the various operating environments of US intelligence and national security communities.”

Celona’s new O-RAN capabilities extend Edgeless Enterprise’s architecture by enabling customers to perform cellular radio access and RAN Smart Controller (RIC) functions directly in the core Celona 5G software, which runs across shared cloud computing platforms. Celona O-RAN’s unique approach provides full integration and additional flexibility to meet the stringent requirements for enterprise applications for explicit network performance, including bandwidth, capacity and latency.

As part of the Celona 5G-First Edgeless Enterprise Network architecture, Celona’s O-RAN support offers various RAN splitting options within a single 5G Radio hardware access point, using standard interfaces defined by 3GPP, ORAN Alliance and Small Cell Forum. Celona’s 5G O-RAN, edge and core solutions can also be integrated with third-party component components.

Celona’s endless enterprise is an architectural approach that converges network services, enterprise applications, cybersecurity tools, WAN optimization, and now RAN also operates on cloud-based computing platforms that can be deployed virtually anywhere to achieve the most -high levels of flexibility and productivity.

“Instead of starting with the traditional telecommunications network architecture and trying to adapt to the corporate environment, Celona’s Enterprise O-RAN solution is designed from scratch, taking into account corporate network architectures and usage cases. Having fully embraced the principles of O-RAN from day one, we consider a converged 5G core that orchestrates multi-RAN technologies and integrates with enterprise switching fabric, SD-WAN and other vital network services as the right solution around which to connect properly SLA’s ultimate management can be applied to it, ”said Dr. Mehmet Yavuz, co-founder and CTO at Celona. “Although there will be cases where large-scale enterprises and SME deployment require RAN virtualization and natural integration with the core networks of mobile operators, we believe that most enterprises will want a fully integrated approach with the flexibility to change their deployment model as a business. evolves. We offer both options. “

Unlike other networking technologies, 5G encompasses a service-based core network architecture with its own cloud-based stack software. This allows traditional monolithic network services to be divided into modular and stateless network functions that meet the specific SLA requirements for different applications in a scalable and flexible way. Celona now applies similar techniques to 5G RAN, virtualizing RAN functions using a standard interface defined by 3GPP, the ORAN Alliance, and the Small Cell Forum.

The capabilities of Celona O-RAN allow enterprises to create a pathway for deploying advanced RAN functions and capabilities beyond standard centralized feature sets using a programmable approach to open source software development. To make the promise of 5G a reality, businesses need a practical solution that is scalable, cost-effective and gives them complete control. Adherence to the basic principles of Open RAN is crucial to achieving this goal: by:

  • Enable open APIs and standard interfaces that provide unprecedented interoperability,
  • Maximize the use of plain hardware and commercial silicon, and
  • Minimize proprietary hardware to reduce OPEX and CAPEX costs.

With Celona’s O-RAN support, virtualized features such as signaling and data packet processing, MAC layer packet scheduling, protocol conversion and encryption can be combined with the ability to dynamically allocate different resources efficiently and effectively. . This helps organizations migrate to an on-demand enterprise architecture that meets the needs of ever-changing applications, while embracing the corporate 5G revolution.