Mavenir powers Thailand’s first smart city using 5G Open RAN

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Mavenir is powering Thailand’s first smart city using 5G Open Ran, in partnership with Cisco, smart city experts 5GCT, and local state-owned telco NT.

The smart city is based in Ban Chang, a city near U-Tapao International Airport that’s connected to a motorway which links Thailand’s two largest cities: Bangkok and Pattaya.

Shannon Kalayanamitr, Chief Executive Officer at 5GCT, said:

“At 5GTC, we are driven to strengthen the potential of Thailand through high-speed 5G.

The partnership with Mavenir as an infrastructure provider enables us to deliver robust, secure and reliable 5G Private Network infrastructure across enterprises, including smart city applications, industry 4.0 applications – automated industry and modern medicine.”

Mavenir is supplying a cloud-native private network solution that uses Open RAN technology to avoid vendor lock-in and provide flexibility as the smart city expands.

Aniruddho Basu, GM of Emerging Business at Mavenir, commented:

“We are proud to be part of this ambitious 5G project which sees a whole city connected on a series of 5G applications running in parallel.

Connectivity is at the heart of this deployment – connecting people, communities, government services, and private sector services through local government data combined with new data acquired through Internet of Things (IoT), sensors, drones, and external collected data, to fully analyse it for proper city management and citizen knowledge.”

Mavenir is using its 5G mmWave radios and 5G Core with open API technology standards for the deployment. These will work in tandem with the cloud-native solutions to deliver smart city applications such as real-time diagnostics of traffic, public safety, digital signage, and environmental conditions.

Cisco is providing its switching hardware and application services to the project.

Taweewat Chantaraseno, Managing Director of the Thailand & Indochina region at Cisco, said:

“We are delighted to be part of the first 5G smart city in Thailand. With the partnership with Mavenir and Cisco Connected Communities Infrastructure (CCI), the host of smart city can create a single, secure communications network to support all needs that are simpler to deploy and manage from end-to-end visibility, ranging from smart kiosks and outdoor Wi-Fi, to smart street lighting, parking, waste and more.

Smart city infrastructure is enabling efficiency, cost reduction and improved living for city occupants and network infrastructure platform helps create these efficiencies.”

The Ban Chang smart city operates on mmWave spectrum to deliver the fast data speeds to the core required for rapidly transporting data from IoT devices across the city such as environmental sensors, drones, traffic lights, and smart poles.

IoT News will keep you posted about this potentially exciting smart city deployment and, of course, all the others which are emerging around the world.

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