Altiostar, Mavenir, and Parallel Wireless were picked by TIP’s OpenRAN project for having the most compliant platforms.
Both groups say they have created end-to-end offerings that will compete with traditional, hardware-centric RAN vendors.
Romanski is the third high-level Cisco executive to leave the company in the past month.
These three initiatives are all focused on virtualizing the RAN, and some of the same companies belong to all three groups. But why are there three?
The Indian mobile operator is building a software-defined network (SDN) from scratch using Cisco, Samsung, and other vendors, along with cherry-picked open source code.
Several carriers including Nokia, BT, and Deutsche Telekom will trial the technologies.
The technology could help wireless operators save on backhaul costs.
It all culminated with a dramatic decision by Broadcom.
C-RAN trials are happening today with three operators.