With the global small-cell 5G network market projected to have explosive growth over the next five to six years, Altran is to port its pre-integrated and validated 5G NR (new radio) software offering on the Qualcomm 5G radio access network (RAN) platform for small cells (FSM100xx).
The partnership will aim to accelerate development time and lower development cost for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) building high-speed, low-latency private and public 5G small cells and radio units based on the Qualcomm 5G RAN platform while creating an open 5G RAN solution with optimised Altran 5G L2 and L3 RAN software.
The software solution is said to address both Sub6 and mmWave deployment use cases for telecom operators, private networks and both integrated enterprise and open radio access network (Open RAN)-compliant enterprise small cells.
Giving more context to the partnership with Qualcomm, Altran said the rewards for creating a compelling offering in the market space were potentially very high.
It cited a recent report by Grand View Research, which projected that the global small-cell 5G network market would reach $28bn by 2027, growing at a compound annual rate of 78%.
The company added that fuelling this explosive growth would be