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Tuesday, February 18 2020 - 22:00
Parallel Wireless to Deliver on Etisalat's OpenRAN Vision across Middle East, Asia and Africa
NASHUA, New Hampshire, Feb. 18, 2020 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

-- 2G, 3G, 4G & 5G OpenRAN is set to be trialed across Etisalat OpCos

Parallel Wireless, Inc., the leading U.S.-based OpenRAN company delivering the 
world's only software-defined end-to-end 2G, 3G, 4G & 5G OpenRAN solution for 
coverage and capacity, today announced that Etisalat, one of the world's 
leading telecom groups in emerging markets with over 148 million subscribers, 
is set to trial Parallel Wireless 2G, 3G, 4G & 5G OpenRAN across its markets in 
Middle East, Asia and Africa. 

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Today's announcement is aligned with Etisalat Group objectives of achieving 
digital transformation with the deployment of best-in-class technologies to 
support 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G connectivity.

Parallel Wireless enables a shift to open, software-based, and virtualized 
OpenRAN network architectures to overcome deployment and cost challenges, while 
also delivering network agility and much lower deployment and maintenance cost. 

The cloud-native and software-based Parallel Wireless OpenRAN approach across 
'ALL G' significantly improves network economics by converging 'ALL G', 
including 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G, on to one unified software platform that is easy to 
manage. This eliminates the need to maintain siloed legacy networks dedicated 
to just one G service resulting in the OPEX cost reduction to maintain 
networks. This approach will allow Etisalat Group to modernize legacy networks 
for cost reduction and reduces the complexity and integration expense of 
rolling out multi-vendor 5G systems.

The Parallel Wireless OpenRAN has shown cost benefits while for the first time 
simultaneously delivering all 3 RAN technologies (2G, 3G, 4G/LTE) with:  

    -- By decoupling the programmable RAN software from the hardware and 
       allowing it to run on general-purpose processing platforms, the multi-
       technology software-defined GPP-based OpenRAN base stations will allow 
       Etisalat to deploy ALL G systems with fully virtualized 2G, 3G 4G 
       technology that is software upgradable to 5G. Etisalat can run 
       simultaneously 2G, 3G and 4G on the same base station to provide 
       commercial data and voice services to Etisalat's customers, in urban 
       and rural scenarios. Multi-technology RRUs are software-defined and 
       can utilize any 3GPP-compliant RAN split to connect to any COTS vBBU 
       enabling vendor interoperability and supplier cost reduction even 

    -- OpenRAN Controller, O-RAN compliant software, lowers the cost of RAN 
       through simplification, automation via real-time SON, and full 
       virtualization of networks. It will provide seamless mobility between 
       different technologies, local breakout, and low latency for the best 
       subscriber experience for Etisalat's customers. The software enables 
       OpenRAN architecture by using standard-based and open interfaces, 
       simplifies network management and integration of new RAN products into 
       the core and enables a clear and cost-effective technology evolution.

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Hatem Bamatraf, CTO, Etisalat International, said, "Today's announcement is a 
global achievement setting a technological benchmark across our markets. This 
is in line with our long-term strategy and vision of 'Driving the Digital 
Future to empower societies' that has translated to provide the best-in-class 
customer experience and deliver best value to our shareholders. The global 
trials of OpenRAN with Parallel Wireless reiterate Etisalat's commitment to our 
vision encouraging us to take the lead in OpenRAN by conducting field trials 
with various leading technology partners to create an innovative ecosystem in 
all of our markets. This is also the world's first 'ALL G' OpenRAN set to 
provide efficiency and cost benefits for 4G and 5G in addition to setting a 
roadmap for the next generation of telecom networks." 

Amrit Heer, Sales Director, MENA, Parallel Wireless, said, "As one of the 
leading communication providers in the emerging markets, Etisalat understands 
the true potential of greater leverage to their business, in both high end and 
low-end markets with a greater buying power by shaping the telecom ecosystem 
and embracing new network architectures, such as OpenRAN. We are proud to have 
partnered with Etisalat for these engagements to deliver coverage and capacity 
without making extensive capital investments associated with legacy network 
deployments. We are proud to have been selected to support Etisalat in 
reimagining wireless infrastructure to be much lower cost ensuring access to 
innovative digital services in the region." 

About Parallel Wireless

Parallel Wireless is the only U.S.-based company challenging the world's legacy 
vendors with the industry's only unified ALL G (5G/4G/3G/2G) software-enabled 
OpenRAN solution. Its cloud-native network software reimagines network 
economics for global mobile operators in both coverage and capacity 
deployments, while also paving the way to 5G. The company is engaged with 50+ 
leading operators worldwide. Parallel Wireless's innovation and excellence in 
multi-technology, open virtualized RAN solutions have been recognized with 65+ 
industry awards. For more information, visit: Connect 
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About Etisalat

Etisalat Group is one of the world's leading telecom groups in emerging 
markets, with a current market cap of AED 148 billion (USD 40.3 billion). 

Headquartered in Abu Dhabi, Etisalat was established over four decades ago in 
the UAE as the country's first telecommunications service provider. An 
international blue-chip organisation, Etisalat provides innovative solutions 
and services to over 148 million customers in 16 countries across the Middle 
East, Asia and Africa.

Etisalat Group's vision of "Driving the Digital Future to empower societies" 
aims to provide best-in-class total customer experience domestically and 
internationally, deliver attractive returns to shareholders while investing in 
the long-term future of the company, and supporting economic development in all 
our operating markets.

SOURCE: Parallel Wireless

CONTACT: Eugina Jordan, VP, Marketing, Parallel Wireless,, +1-978-660-8659.