CommAgility’s software enables 5G small cell development

A 3GPP Release 15-compliant protocol stack software supports 4G and 5G product developers, says CommAgility. The latest version of CommAgility’s SmallCellStack is to be deployed in major public and private networks around the world. According to CommAgility it enables fast, low-risk development of small cells and private networks.

It is compliant to 3GPP standards, meaning that developers are assured of compatibility to newly deployed 5G networks and receive a quality experience on 4G networks, says the company.

The SmallCellStack is portable and modular, for deployment on Arm or Intel x86. It can support customisation for specialised networks. There is also support for a 4G anchor channel. The SmallCellStack uses the 5G physical layer, SmallCellPHY5G, enabling a complete 5G small cell software. The small cell products is the ‘reference chain’, a fixed-point C implementation containing over 2,000 test vectors to ensure a product is 3GPP-compliant and ready for migration to customer or CommAgility hardware.

CommAgility has also announced it is actively using the reference chain in a real-time environment for a full 5G New Radio (NR) demonstration and expects the complete, optimised 5G software and hardware portfolio for small cells will be available in 2020.

The 5G networks deployed today work alongside existing 4G networks in a variant called 5G New Radio Non-Standalone (5G NR NSA). This is a major milestone towards full 5G New Radio Standalone (5G NR SA) says the company which defines significant network changes to allow higher data rates, lower latency and a more flexible network architecture.

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