Aira Technologies is built on two fundamental beliefs:
The premise that Open Radio Access Network (ORAN) is going to fundamentally change the way wireless networks are built.
Application of machine learning to the fundamentals of wireless is going to result in elemental and profound improvements.
The O-RAN Alliance was established in 2018, and was created to facilitate the dis-aggregration of the radio access network infrastructure. The O-RAN Alliance is supporting the disaggregation of RAN software from hardware and defining new open interfaces that makes multi-vendor RAN implementations running on commercial, off-the-shelf hardware (COTS hardware) a real possibility. This work is supported by other industry groups such as the Telecommunications Infra Project (TIP) which ensures interoperability between vendors and lowers the barrier of entry for new entrants. In this way a thriving ecosystem has come together, driving down the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of the network through competition and innovation.
Standardized interfaces to allow for the disaggregation of the Radio Access Network (RAN) into 3 distinct components, namely the Radio Unit (RU), the Distributed Unit (DU) and the Centralized Unit (CU), with standardized interfaces allowing the integration of RAN elements from different vendors;
Virtualization of these components and the migration of network function to the cloud to benefit from the elastic nature of cloud resources; and,
The rise of a new ecosystem of multi-vendor RAN solutions that feature open and virtualized components. This is a shift from the days when the RAN market was split among just 3 or 4 vendors of proprietary and monolithic systems.
Aira is built on an absolute belief in the ORAN movement. MNOs can no longer afford to operate in a slow innovation cycle. MNOs require new network architectures where cost can be contained and new services can be easily defined on an end-to-end basis. The disaggregation of the RAN and virtualization of its components makes it possible to integrate and insert innovation into the RAN from the best offerings across multiple vendors. Aira is one such vendor specializing in applying ML to RAN infrastructure. The performance improvements Aira gets result in higher throughput and wider cell coverage, allowing the MNO to deploy less sites, thereby utilizing less energy while maintaining superior QoS.