CommAgility 5G Core software for small cells and private networks

CommAgility announced the release of its SmallCellCORE-5G software, which completes the company’s integrated software solution for 5G small cells and private network development.

SmallCellCORE-5G adds a 5G Core (5GC) to the existing software suite which already includes the 5G stack, PHY and reference chain, and creates an integrated solution that developers can use with hardware platforms from CommAgility. CommAgility customers now benefit from a complete software system that is tested and ready to deploy, saving development time, reducing R&D costs, and minimizing risk.

With SmallCellCORE-5G, developers can now build complete specialized and private 5G networks using CommAgility signal processing hardware and software. This saves valuable time by eliminating the need to select components from multiple suppliers and combine them into an operational and tested system. Development of specialized and private networks is quicker and easier with reduced risk by working with a proven 3GPP-compliant solution,” says Edward Young, CommAgility’s Vice President and General Manager.

The 5G Core provides the core network functions in a 5G system, following the standards defined by 3GPP. The 5G Core controls the gNodeB, or base station, and provides the data transport, authentication and control functions required to link to external networks and the internet. This is similar to how an Evolved Packet Core (EPC) is used within an LTE system.

CommAgility’s complete, integrated software solution is well-suited to private networks and niche, specialized applications where minimizing development cost is critical. Typical examples of this kind of system include various 5G test beds and projects funded by the US Government’s Department of Defense, as well as satellite communications systems, transportation solutions, and industrial private network deployments.

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