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Dense Air lead consortium wins UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Future RAN competition

LONDON, December 8, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Dense Air Limited, together with a consortium of industry and academic partners, has successfully secured funding from the “Future RAN – Diversifying 5G Supply Chain Competition” organized by the Ministry of Digital, Culture , Media and Sports (DCMS).

The project, named “Coordinated Multipoint Open Radio Access Network”, or “CoMP-O-RAN” for short, will revolutionize the performance and cost of 5G NR densified outdoor small cell networks aimed at providing ubiquitous 5G coverage across the Kingdom. -United. The roll-out of 5G and the massive provision of gigabit services by mobile network operators are essential to the economic development of the United Kingdom. CoMP-O-RAN provides a densification solution that can enable public and private network operators to extend 5G coverage and capacity to unserved or underserved areas due to poor economics using access spectrum fully licensed or shared.

Julia Lopez, Minister of Digital Infrastructure
Our mobile networks are playing an increasingly crucial role in our lives and businesses, which is why we’re investing £36 million in cutting-edge projects to keep our networks secure for decades to come. I’m thrilled to see such an exceptional array of innovators now joining FRANC as we move towards building a more competitive and resilient telecommunications supply chain.”

The successful projects of the DCMS competition for the future of Open-RAN were announced on Wednesday 8and December 2021 and receive allocations from the £36 million of 5G R&D funding supporting the advancement of UK-based 5G technology developments. The competition directly supports the UK government’s 5G supply chain diversification strategy.

Paul SeniorDense Air CEO
“On behalf of Dense Air and our consortium partners, we are delighted that the UK Government, through its DCMS 5G Future RAN competition, has chosen our CoMP-O-RAN project. The technology that this project will develop will fundamentally change economics of deployment and “cost per Gbit” of Open RAN solutions in the UK and other international markets.”

In partnership with Airspan Communications Limited, Blu Wireless UK Limited, Radisys UK Limited and the University of Glasgow, a consortium led by Dense Air Limited will develop a cost-effectively deployable 5G NR O-RAN Distributed Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) – CoMP-O-RAN. For the first time, this technology will give private and public mobile network operators (MNOs) the ability to profitably leverage the 5G vendor ecosystem, making 5G supply chain diversification a reality. .

Eric StonestromChairman and CEO of Airspan Communications Limited
“We are delighted to be a member of this consortium. We look forward to working with this prestigious group of leaders, including DCMS leads, to accelerate 5G and Open RAN innovation as Airspan develops new capabilities in our radios with split 6 virtualization and built-in mmWave fronthaul transport solutions. We believe this technology will play a key role in future 5G solutions.”

Alan JonesCEO Blu wireless
As 5G networks begin to scale and densify, innovative ways to maintain performance and bandwidth will be required. Using Blu Wireless’ low latency mmWave technology to enable CoMP-O-RAN will have a significant impact on the future economics of 5G NR deployment models across public and private networks.

CoMP-O-RAN will enable future 5G small cell networks to benefit from radio processing techniques that are already used in Massive MIMO macro cells. Importantly, CoMP-O-RAN will improve small cell operation in interference limited scenarios, such as shared spectrum in licensed and lightly licensed allocations in UK shared access spectrum. United at 3.8-4.2 GHz and the American CBRS in the 3.55-3.7 GHz band.

Teacher Mohammad Imran of University of Glasgow James Watt School engineering
This project is an excellent opportunity for the algorithms and techniques developed by our detection and imaging group to be implemented in a very promising real-world system. We expect end users to benefit from an improved experience and reduced costs of digital connectivity. We look forward to working with our partners to develop the CoMP algorithm

With support from DCMS, the consortium will focus on improving the economics of 5G network densification, enabling better use of roadside and indoor vertical infrastructure to deliver faster speeds, at lower cost, improved capacity and better service experience for end users in urban centers, suburbs. neighborhoods and even in rural areas. However, it’s not just about increased capabilities and faster speeds – CoMP will improve service reliability and availability, which is essential in many private network use cases such as Industry 4.0, health, critical communications and future connected and autonomous transport corridors. Real-world testing and validation will be performed primarily at UTAC’s Millbrook Proving Ground, home to the successful DCMS 5G AutoAir testbed project.

Peter Stocker Chief Engineer – Connected Autonomous Vehicles, UTAC, Millbrook Proving Ground, Bedfordshire
“We are delighted to support the CoMP-O-RAN consortium. The facilities here at UTAC are particularly suitable for this type of testing, as our proving ground in the UK is already used to validate connectivity technologies and infrastructure.

CoMP-O-RAN provides a network hierarchy in which software and hardware components are distributed through the network, which drives innovation from specialist vendors, which will generate additional jobs in the software and hardware industries . This will subsequently lead to further manufacturing and supply chain developments in the UK and elsewhere. Where possible, the consortium will seek to source components from areas of regional inequality, building on the UK Government’s Leveling Up program and Industry 4.0 strategy to promote digital skills .

Arun Bhikshesvaran CEO, Radisys UK limited
“We are excited to be part of this consortium focused on delivering a CoMP-O-RAN solution that integrates our award-winning, standards-based ConnectRAN software portfolio for a disaggregated O-RAN architecture. We are committed to working with our partner ecosystem to create advanced solutions in the commercialization of 5G O-RAN and bring high performance products to the UK market.”

SOURCE Dense Air Limited