NEC unveils new radio units for 5G base stations

NEC has launched new radio units (RU) for 5G base stations that are scheduled to be available in 2022 targeting global markets.
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NEC’s radio units will be compatible with the n77, n78 and C-Band 3.7GHz frequency band (3.3-4.2GHz), which is globally used as a 5G frequency.

Ultra-multi-element antennas utilizing Massive MIMO and digital beamforming for high-precision beams will help to provide high-speed, high-capacity communications between a wider range of terminals.

NEC said its new radio units will feature higher output and wider bandwidth when compared to conventional products, expanding the communications area and providing high-speed transmission.

In addition, NEC’s high-density mounting technology, power saving technology, and fanless design will also enable a compact format that is lightweight and power efficient.

NEC said the radio units will conform to O-RAN fronthaul interface specifications defined by the O-RAN Alliance and will be compatible with base station equipment from different vendors, making it possible to realize open, flexible and optimized networks.

Patrick Lopez, VP of product management, 5G products, NEC, said: “NEC is investing to maintain a market-leading position in the Open RAN ecosystem.”