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Aarna Networks joins O-RAN Alliance, supports standards-based interoperable 5G networks

Aarna Networks joins O-RAN Alliance, supports standards-based interoperable 5G networks

California-based edge computing and 5G solutions provider, Aarna Networks, has joined the O-RAN Alliance to support the use of O-RAN standards-based interoperable 5G networks.

The company has been actively contributing through community participation in the collaboration of the O-RAN Alliance and the Linux Foundation. Aarna says it has focused on enabling the development of open-source software and modular, efficient, and agile disaggregated radio access networks. In particular, the company has been helping integrate O-RAN with the Linux Foundation ONAP project and leveraging O-RAN A1 and O1 interfaces in its AMCOP O-RAN SMO SaaS offerings.

“Aarna’s focus on standards-based, open-source 5G innovation, joining the O-RAN Alliance was an easy decision,” said Amar Kapadia, co-founder and CEO at Aarna Networks. “We look forward to further leveraging O-RAN standards and code in our products and contributing via the O-RAN-SC to help foster open source project integration and collaboration toward a fully disaggregated, interoperable 5G future.”

O-RAN Alliance members created an open specification for radio area network that defines Service Management and Orchestration (SMO) to address the orchestration, management, and automation aspects of the O-RAN. SMO is one of the important components of O-RAN an dis used for supporting and managing the multi-vendor RAN ecosystem. Aarna Network is an open-source software company that provides a platform for orchestration, lifecycle management, and automation of 5G network services designed for edge computing applications.

Aarna Networks Multi-Cluster Orchestration Platform (AMCOP) is fully open-source and aligned with the Linux Foundation’s O-RAN-SC project for providing O1 and A1 compliance, according to the company. As a cloud-native solution, AMCOP can be deployed on Kubernetes clusters and can be centralized or distributed at the RAN site.

Aarna Networks has provided several usage options for the AMCOP software platform. Enterprises who do not want to sign a commercial agreement with Aarna Networks can try the software for free on-premise and on Azure Cloud. However, for those who are ready to test and validate the network functions, Aarna Networks provide a SaaS version of the product as well. Finally, enterprises directly looking to put O-RAN SMO into production can purchase different levels of support options.

Aarna Networks recently announced a successful financing round that raised $3.5 million for an edge orchestration and automation platform. The capital inflow was intended to be utilized to hire engineering talent and expand its sales efforts. Before the funding, Aarna Networks joined the Edge Multi-Cluster Orchestration Platform project in the Linux Foundation Networking. The project aims to create a universal control to help enterprises connect and deploy edge workloads across private and public clouds.

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