Ceragon Networks Ltd., the global innovator and solutions provider of 5G wireless transport, has unveiled its IP-50FX Disaggregated Cell Site Gateway (DCSG) solution. The IP-50FX uses best-of-breed software and hardware to integrate two essential cell site elements into a single scalable product: a cell site router and a radio indoor unit.
The IP-50FX has been awarded with the Requirements Compliant ribbon by the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) and is listed on TIP Exchange. TIP is a global community of communication service providers and solution companies working together to accelerate the deployment of open, disaggregated, and standards-based solutions for high-quality connectivity.
Diego Marí Moretón, Meta Connectivity Technologies & Ecosystems Manager and Lead of the TIP Open Optical Packet Transport project group commented: “TIP has assessed and fostered a DCSG ecosystem, working with a shortlist of selected software and hardware vendors. Ceragon’s IP-50FX solution met all rigorous requirements defined by the DCSG subgroup, and I am excited to report it has been awarded TIP’s Requirements Compliant Ribbon for SW and HW. I look forward to continuing our collaboration with Ceragon on open networking innovation projects.”
The IP-50FX integrates Ceragon’s DCSG hardware platform with an advanced network operating system (NOS) software by IP Infusion and Ceragon’s own Radio-Aware Open Networking (RAON) software. With RAON the cell site gateway acts as a virtual IDU, with a single IP address offering centralized management capabilities for all connected outdoor radios for easier configuration and monitoring of the entire cluster.
Doron Arazi, Ceragon Networks CEO commented: “I am really excited that Ceragon is entering into a new domain of Disaggregated Cell Site Gateways, which holds growth potential for the company. The release of this unique DCSG solution is sure to impact the market by providing a better solution for cell sites at a much lower cost. It eliminates vendor lock-in to support true open networking and brings together the best of two worlds in 5G mobile networking – Routing and Wireless Transport. The business impact for mobile operators and private networks is significant, as it gives them the flexibility to respond quickly to rising capacity demands and makes it significantly easier for them to upgrade and add new services.”
The disaggregation of hardware and software has numerous advantages compared to integrated monolithic solutions. Key among them is that it ensures service providers get the most advanced capabilities and features that fit their dynamic needs in different cell site capacities and link configurations.