OpenRAN specialist Benetel and software provider ASOCS have entered into an agreement to integrate their products, to facilitate 5G private network installation in the industrial space.

According to a statement, the companies are currently performing “extensive interoperability testing,” after which ASOCS will integrate its CYRUS 5G RAN software with Benetel's radio units. The statement claims that this will represent “a major step forward in the progression of Industry 4.0, enabling the benefits of high data rates, low latency, and enhanced security functions, alongside the ease of installation associated with Wi-Fi.”

A spokesperson said: “Benetel’s RAN550 radio units are targeted at indoor usage, while the RAN650 RUs are intended for outdoor installation. Featuring a 4T4R antenna configuration, they have a 7.2 functional split and can deliver 100MHz of instantaneous bandwidth.

“By using the RUs in combination with the CYRUS software, industrial customers will be able to build next generation networking infrastructure to support increased levels of automation. It will mean that entire sites can be addressed using one single multifaceted platform, with seamless transition from indoor to outdoor coverage.”

ASOCS CEO, Gilad Garon, said: “One of the key aspects of 5G private networks will be the ability to successfully handover between different zones within a factory or campus, both indoors and outdoors. Through use of Benetel’s range of indoor and outdoor radio units, combined with our highly advanced CYRUS software, we can now provide a solution for companies as they move into the smart manufacturing era.”

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Author: Philip Mason