Parallel Wireless is conducting an Open RAN field trial over the 2600MHz band in Brazil, in partnership with local operators and organisations.
The trial involves the National Institute of Telecommunications (Instituto Nacional de Telecomunicacoes, Inatel), the Telecom Infra Project (TIP), regional ISP Brisanet, and Brazil’s three largest operators Claro, TIM, and Vivo. It is aimed at enabling 4G and 5G broadband communications throughout Brazil and other LATAM countries.
Founded in 1965, Inatel is an education, research and technology development centre also known as the Electronics Valley. Located in Santa Rita do Sapucaí, southern Minas Gerais, it was the first institution of higher education in Telecommunications Engineering in Brazil.
The Telecom Infra Project (TIP) is a global community of companies and organizations working together to accelerate the development and deployment of open, disaggregated, and standards-based technology solutions that deliver high-quality connectivity.
Parallel Wireless will provide an Open RAN network enabling All Gs (2G, 3G, 4G and 5G) utilising Band 7 for the trial. This leading-edge network field trial will enable new services and applications for consumers and businesses.
Russell Ribeiro, Regional VP LATAM Sales at Parallel Wireless, said: “Our leading-edge cloud-native, O-RAN compliant, Open RAN solutions [are] enabling 4G and 5G broadband connectivity, providing leading-edge applications for the citizens of Brazil and other LATAM countries. We are starting this Open Field program with 4G and will evolve to 5G later this year.”
Gleyson A. dos Santos, Business Development Specialist at Inatel, said: “This field trial with Parallel Wireless and TIP…will showcase how Open RAN technology enables robust wireless telecommunications products with improved software quality, less maintenance, faster adoption of new technologies and better user experiences.”