Wireless communications solutions provider JMA Wireless recently announced that it will deploy its cloud-native 5G XRAN solution on Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (Amazon EKS) Anywhere. Together, the two services will offer enterprises, carriers, universities and government agencies an opportunity to simplify the process of building, managing and operating private 5G networks.
JMA’s XRAN creates a platform that hosts multiple networks and improves over time to unlock private wireless. XRAN, a 100-percent software-based RAN specifically built to be cloud native, will use all the 150 megahertz of the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) band to deliver the best possible performance. The company noted its XRAN can reach speeds of more than 1 Gigabit per second and support thousands of users. Such achievements would set a new standard when it comes to wireless capability. Additionally, XRAN-based private wireless systems remain current, keeping them valuable and functional over the course of their expected 10-year lifespan.
Amazon EKS Anywhere, the second half of this collaboration, is a deployment option for Amazon EKS that lets customers create and operate Kubernetes clusters on customer-managed infrastructure with Kubernetes operational tooling that is consistent with Amazon EKS, according to the company.
“Supporting XRAN on Amazon EKS Anywhere helps change the game for CIOs,” said Joe Constantine, JMA Wireless CTO. “Together this provides a faster and simpler way for customers to deploy and operate private 5G networks.”
The announced collaboration adds to the list of projects JMA and AWS have worked on together in private wireless. In August 2021, JMA deployed a new private wireless network for Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) leveraging AWS to power ongoing research and innovation in CMU’s Living Edge Lab. The network includes multiple outdoor sites using JMA CBRS Cell Hubs, JMA’s XRAN operating on a commercial off-the-shelf server, and a wireless-evolved packet core deployed on AWS Snowball Edge. With Amazon EKS Anywhere, the school’s network is being upgraded to 5G.
“We look forward to continuing to grow our relationship with JMA and AWS to bring the latest and most advanced technology to CMU,” Jim Blakley, associate director of Living Edge Lab, Carnegie Mellon University, said. “We are proud to be one of the first adopters of the work between JMA and AWS to create 5G SA networks, bringing its new benefits to life with our first 5G deployment planned for early next year.”
“Customers choose Amazon EKS Anywhere because it helps them simplify the creation and operation of on-premises Kubernetes clusters while automating cluster management,” Barry Cooks, vice president of Kubernetes, AWS, said in a statement. “By deploying JMA’s cloud-native XRAN software on Amazon EKS Anywhere, our joint customers have more flexibility to choose what hardware they use to run XRAN, so they can take advantage of existing infrastructure investments or run across hardware from multiple vendors, while maintaining consistent Kubernetes operational tooling across AWS and on premises.”