Firecell, OpenAirInterface build open-source software for private 5G networks

Firecell, OpenAirInterface build open-source software for private 5G networks

Firecell is collaborating with OpenAirInterface (OAI) Software Alliance to develop a complete open-source software for the growing private 5G networks. The organizations hope to accelerate the process of commercializing the OAI project’s technology and say they will provide support for a complete O-RAN compatible 5G software stack, including converged 4G networks and 5G core.

IDC forecasts the global private 5G wireless infrastructure revenue to reach $8.3 billion by 2026, which is significant growth from $1.7 billion in 2021. There has been an increasing demand for the adoption of enterprise-dedicated cellular networks with private infrastructure and resources. Enterprises have utilized private 5G networks from industrial automation applications to building smart ports.

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“The Private 5G market deserves an innovative approach, and open-source software has proven to be the fastest way to spread a technology across a wide range of applications, cloud and hardware ecosystems,” said Claude Seyrat, CEO and co-founder of Firecell. “We are very proud of the support of the OpenAirInterface in our vision to make 5G more open than ever with the development of a complete open-source software for Private 5G Networks.”

The project will be developed using OAI software as the base along with several other open-source software tools available to build a complete ecosystem for cloud-native applications that use private 5G networks. Members of the OAI Software Alliance will support the collaboration with resources and expertise. They will also monitor the quality and consistency of the software for its applicability across a wide range of projects.

In terms of industry support, this open-source private 5G software solution will have several automotive, aeronautics, railway, and smart-building industries contributing towards its adoption for next-gen applications. The first announcement comes from automotive manufacturer Stellantis, which will use a private 5G network for performing precise tracking and geofencing in factory plants.

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