Malaysia’s Axiata opts for Open RAN in network transformation program

Thomas Hund (Axiata)

Thomas Hund (Axiata)

Credit: Axiata

The Malaysian telecommunications conglomerate Axiata Group has partnered with Infosys, Parallel Wireless and Mavenir in a major network transformation program that uses the Open Radio Access Network (Open RAN) as a key technology.

Axiata has already conducted successful Open RAN pilots in Malaysia, Indonesia and Sri Lanka, thanks to its strategic partnerships with Mavenir, a global network solutions provider, Open RAN Parallel Wireless architecture specialist, and Infosys, which is the system integrator (SI) for project.

Open RAN technology provides disaggregated RAN functionality built using open interface specifications between different elements. It can be implemented in vendor-neutral hardware and software-defined technology based on open interfaces and community-developed standards.

The use of Open RAN technology in telecommunications networks requires system integration capabilities to integrate the disaggregated component ecosystem using standardized, open, general-purpose hardware interfaces, ensuring interoperability in an operator-class environment, according to Axiata.

Here comes Infosys’ involvement in the project, with Indian SI performing the multilateral system integrations needed to demonstrate comprehensive coverage of Open RAN configuration options.