Radisys Jumpstarts the Release 16 5G New Radio Bandwagon

Radisys, a supplier of open telecom solutions, announced the availability of its Release 16 (R16) compliant 5G NR protocol software, which can support low latency use cases for 5G private networks. Radisys’ Connect RAN 5G solution, based on specifications from 3GPP, the Small Cell Forum, and the O-RAN Alliance, is designed to enable an elastic and agile 5G network tailored to meet the unique requirements of diverse 5G applications with reduced CapEx, improved time-to-market, and shortened time-to-revenue. The new Release 16 compliant 5G NR protocol software aims to deliver enhancements in functionality, capacity, coverage, latency, mobility, reliability, and ease of deployment.

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The 5G NR specification describes how edge devices and network infrastructure interwork in transmitting data to each other across the various frequencies of wireless spectrum. In addition to frequencies between 6 GHz and 400 GHz, 5G NR supports sub-6GHz spectrum that is used by other cellular radio access technologies, such as 4G/LTE. In the past, using different cellular radio access technologies over the same spectrum would generate unmanageable interference problems.

To address this concern, 5G NR uses Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS) which enables 5G NR signals to use the same band of spectrum as LTE and other cellular technologies, such as NB-IoT and LTE-M. This allows 5G NR networks to be rolled out without shutting down LTE or other networks that support existing 4G/LTE smartphones and devices.

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