STL Launches Macro O-RAN Compatible 4G/5G Multi-Band RU Portfolio


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

Jaydeep Ranade, Director of Wireless Engineering at Meta Connectivity
STL’s focus on pivoting the industry toward open, disaggregated, and more vendor-neutral networks aligns well with the goal of the Evenstar program. We are confident that STL Firebird will pave the way for 5G Open RAN networks that are flexible and can power a range of use cases.

Chris Rice, CEO, Access Solutions, STL
Firebird is an essential addition to our portfolio of programmable open network access solutions for 5G-ready networks. Built on industry-standard open interfaces, Firebird enables seamless integration with O-RAN compliant vendor RAN (CU/DU) products, to enable rapid deployment and ensure appropriate extended 5G coverage. This is a key step towards achieving our goal of transforming billions of lives through digital networks.


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