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Wednesday, April 07 2021 - 20:00
Parallel Wireless Announces Partnership with Etisalat to Deliver Central Asia's First O-RAN Implementation in Afghanistan
NASHUA, N.H., April 7, 2021 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

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Parallel Wireless, Inc. ( 
), the leading U.S.-based Open RAN company, today announced its partnership 
with Etisalat ( 
), one of the world's leading telco operators in Afghanistan (recognized by 
Ookla® Speedtest(R) as the world's fastest mobile network in 2020) to deliver 
the world's first cloud-native O-RAN compliant 5G 4G 3G 2G Open RAN solutions, 
in collaboration with Intel and Supermicro, becoming the first in Central Asia 
to implement Open RAN. 

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Afghanistan has seen a strong increase in mobile broadband with penetration 
reaching 22% in 2019 up from 1% in 2013. While mobile broadband is still in its 
early stages of development, growth is expected in 2022.

Mobile network operators in Central Asia are facing strong pressure to evolve 
their businesses and operations to drive profitability. Addressing these 
challenges requires industry innovation focused on reducing CAPEX and OPEX and 
opening the networks to avoid any vendor lock-in. Traditional hardware-defined 
2G, 3G or 4G networks require expensive and bulky equipment to deploy, operate 
or upgrade.  

Open RAN solutions are now ready for prime time as Parallel Wireless Open RAN 
solution is delivering proof points of performance, quality of service, and 
cost benefits on six continents. Parallel Wireless is also leading with 
innovation in Open RAN, including the world's first network architecture that 
unifies all mobile connectivity standards ā€“ 2G, 3G, 4G, and 5Gā€“ under the same 
software and cloud-native umbrella. 

In Afghanistan, Parallel Wireless is innovating with ecosystem partners to 
    -- Easy scale-out and hardware decoupling to provide mobile operators with 
       greater agility, resilience, and portability across cloud environments 
       for greater total cost of ownership (TCO) savings. 
    -- The Open RAN radio hardware ecosystem provides Remote Radio Units (RRUs) 
       that will allow Etisalat to replace legacy 2G/3G/4G systems with white 
       box solutions that can be upgraded to 5G in the future. 
    -- Intel's 3rd Gen Intel Xeon scalable processors delivered in Supermicro's 
       servers bring a future-ready architecture for a Distributed Unit (DU) 
       and a Central Unit (CU), deployed at the network's edge. The virtual 
       Baseband Unit (vBBU) resources can be shared among multiple RRUs on-site 
       in multi-carrier 1-sector, 3-sector, or 6-sector configurations to 
       achieve optimal resource pooling for TCO savings.

Etisalat's strategic goal is to build and grow wireless networks to provide 
next-generation digital services to its customers in the region. Working in 
collaboration with Parallel Wireless, Intel, and Supermicro, this can be 
achieved by:

    -- assembling viable solutions that build on an open and modular 
    -- improving service agility through cloudification; and 
    -- reducing operational costs across geographically distributed sites with 

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Hatem Bamatraf, Chief Technology Officer-International, Etisalat Group, said: 
"The combination of Open RAN, virtualization, and automation will enable 
Etisalat to meet the needs of our customers most cost-effectively in Central 
Asia. Being able to use an Open RAN system will help us not only extend our 
initial investment, but also bring new services much faster. Parallel Wireless 
together with Intel and Supermicro have become true strategic partners and key 
enablers in undertaking this Open RAN implementation."

Jeff Sharpe, Director Edge/5G Solutions, Supermicro, said, "We are pleased to 
be working with Etisalat, Parallel Wireless, and Intel to enable an open 
ecosystem of disaggregated RAN solutions using vendor-neutral RAN hardware and 
software-defined technology based on open interfaces and community-developed 

Amrit Heer, Director of Sales, Parallel Wireless, said, "In collaboration with 
the ecosystem partners, Parallel Wireless aims to make the RAN more open and 
flexible. While there is significant innovation happening, there are 
considerable gaps and challenges that make it difficult to deploy end-to-end 
Open RAN solutions, putting a heavy burden back on operators. We believe it is 
the ideal time to align and collaborate to solve the key challenges to deliver 
innovative RAN solutions that are ready for commercial deployment. Implementing 
our world's leading O-RAN compliant software platform will allow Etisalat to 
enable new services to be deployed quickly, seamlessly, and more reliably."

About Etisalat Group 

Etisalat Group is one of the world's leading telecom groups in emerging 
markets. With consolidated net revenue at AED 51.7 billion and consolidated net 
profit of AED 9.0 billion for 2020, its high credit ratings reflect the 
company's strong balance sheet and proven long-term performance. 

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 Group provides innovative 
solutions and services to 154 million subscribers in 16 countries across the 
Middle East, Asia and Africa. 

Etisalat is ranked the strongest brand across all categories in Middle East and 
Africa (MEA) region by Brand Finance. Etisalat was recognized as the fastest 
mobile network globally by Ookla(R) Speedtest(R) in 2020, providing its 
subscribers the most superior experience. 

About Parallel Wireless

At Parallel Wireless, we believe that software has the power to unleash amazing 
opportunities for the world. We disrupt the ways wireless networks are built 
and operated. We are reimagining how hardware, software, and the cloud work 
together to change deployment economics for our customers. Our ALL G (2G 3G 4G 
5G) O-RAN compliant software platform forms an open, secure, and intelligent 
RAN architecture to deliver wireless connectivity, so all people can be 
connected whenever, wherever, and however they choose. We are engaged with over 
50 global MNOs and have been recognized with over 74 industry awards. At the 
core of what we do is our team of Reimaginers who value innovation, 
collaboration, openness, and customer success. For more information, visit: Connect with Parallel Wireless on LinkedIn ( 
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SOURCE Parallel Wireless

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