IBM [NYSE: IBM] and Airspan Join Hands to Hasten 5G-Enabled Open RAN Adoption

International Business Machines Corporation [NYSE: IBM] and Airspan have joined forces to speed up the 5G-enabled Open RAN adoption in Europe. As per the firm’s collaboration, they will introduce a 5G-enabled Open RAN testbed across the IBM Watson IoT Center in Munich, Germany, and IBM’s Global Industry Solution Center (GISC) in Nice, France, to demonstrate long-distance control over 5G-enabled edge computing.

The firms revealed that there are aiming to help clients across Europe by developing this testbed to revolutionize and design multi-vendor solutions intended to tackle different customer use case requirements, based on open, interoperable standards while improving performance. The Open RAN testbed is designed to promote the development of Open RAN software and hardware solutions, and end-to-end interoperability testing with private 5G stand-alone core networks.

Furthermore, IBM Global Business Services and Airspan have decided to join hands to work together to speed up the adoption of Open RAN technology and its ecosystem integrating IBM’s leading global hybrid cloud and AI orchestration services. The two companies are intending to offer an opportunity to work together, incorporate and test features for next-generation campus networks to its affiliates and clients.

Additionally, in connection to this intended partnership, Airspan Networks is offering its Open RAN AirVelocity 2700 indoor radio unit and virtualized Open RAN Centralized Unit (vCU) and Distributed Unit (vDU) OpenRANGE software to assist customers test and authenticate 5G private network solutions using Open RAN.

IBM has disclosed the Open RAN Center of Excellence in Spain this year to hasten the progress of Open RAN and standards-based technologies in Europe. In May 2021, Airspan disclosed the launching of a 5G Innovation Lab in the UK.