TIP Evenstar Whitebox Radio: Real Innovation or Niche Development?

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4Q 2020 | IN-5979


The Key Motivations


Open RAN targets openness and flexible multi-vendor interoperable network architecture, allowing network operators and the partner ecosystem to accelerate time to innovation among other benefits, such as lower the overall Capital Expenditure (CAPEX) and Operating Expenditure (OPEX) of network deployments. Many players are developing and promoting Open RAN technologies and solutions, including the Facebook-led Telecom Infra Project (TIP), the O-RAN Alliance, and many other organizations, e.g., the SD-RAN Alliance and Small Cell Forum.

A cost-effective Radio Unit (RU) Whitebox hardware platform for 4G/5G is one of the most direct ways to offer significant network CAPEX and OPEX reductions in comparison to using traditional proprietary radio solutions. Partnered with some leading global operators and Open RAN technology vendors, TIP group in this year launched its Evenstar program, aiming to build a general-purpose radio reference design. Its initial focus is to design and manufacture a single band (i.e., B3-1800 MHz) RU, supporting 4x40w 4T4R transceiver antennas and costing less than US$1,000. TI…

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