STL announced this week the launch of Firebird, a revolutionary range of macro radios based on ORAN for dense and widespread 5G coverage.
STL Firebird is a portfolio of multi-band 4G/5G macro O-RAN (O-RU) compatible radio units, initially available in bands 1, 40, 41 and 78, among others. These software-defined radios are based on a platform architecture and meet the different 5G coverage and capacity requirements of global operators. Earlier this year, STL announced its collaboration with Meta Connectivity to design and develop dual RAT (Radio Access Technologies) 4G and 5G radio products, specifically in the 40 and 78 bands. As part of the Evenstar program, STL is working with Meta Connectivity to accelerate the adoption of RAN open solutions.
Sales of O-RAN equipment are expected to reach $12 billion by 2026. STL, with its open access solution – Accellus, is leading the pivot towards vendor neutrality. Part of Accellus, STL’s ORAN-compliant Firebird radios are 5G-ready, open, and programmable. These carrier-grade radio units are compliant with 3GPP standards and work seamlessly with Open RAN Distributed Units (O-DUs) and Centralized Units (O-CUs) and will provide faster time to market for deployments 5G from Ttelco. Some of the features of Firebird are:
● Open frontend interface: fully compliant with O-RAN frontend specification for vendor neutrality
● Energy efficiency and respect for the environment: low energy consumption and reduced physical footprint
● Ideal for outdoor environments: carrier-grade hardware (IP 65 rating) and rugged enough for harsh outdoor conditions
● Simpler operations: easy configuration and verification in the field, and software diagnosis, CI/CD software feature upgrades