STL has collaborated with Analog Devices, Inc. to develop 5G open radio access network (O-RAN) radio units (O-RU). Together, the two companies will build 5G-ready solutions to expand the diversity of commercially available O-RUs and facilitate the growth of O-RAN networks.

As a part of this collaboration, STL and Analog Devices will work closely with other ecosystem providers, including leading power amplifier (PA) vendors, to expand the range of STL’s Garuda O-RU indoor small cell offerings. STL will integrate Analog Devices’ leading RadioVerse transceivers into Garuda to create power-efficient, high-performance radios.

Commenting on the development, Chris Rice, CEO, Access Solutions Business, STL, said, “STL has developed a set of open, disaggregated, virtualised and programmable products and solutions for the access side of the network. Garuda is a next-generation radio product with open interfaces compliant to O-RAN standards. It is cost-effective and a key component in solutions that deliver Industry 4.0 use cases, such as worker safety and factory automation. Leveraging Analog Devices’ RadioVerse offerings in our products creates a new industry benchmark for indoor small cell radios, enabling the full power of 5G technology to enhance billions of lives worldwide.”

As operators begin rolling out their O-RAN networks, there is increasing demand for regionally customized O-RUs to meet frequency band and power needs. The O-RU is one part of the network that cannot be virtualised, and with expanding requirements for the commercial-ready frequency band and power options, existing indoor radio options limit network operators’ choices.  STL’s Garuda radio product line expands the availability of O-RU devices across global markets.

Meanwhile, Nitin Sharma, general manager, Wireless Systems Group, Analog Devices, said, “Building on the success of the Garuda project, we look forward to expanding the collaboration with STL and providing the O-RAN ecosystem with high-performance O-RUs.”