Altiostar expands UK office
Altiostar is expanding its UK-based open virtual radio access network (open vRAN) engineering lab and will be hiring new staff to support expanded software development, customer support and testing activities
Opened in 2012, Altiostar’s UK development lab is located in Weybridge south of London. It is strategically located in one of the worldwide hot spots for RAN development. The lab is outfitted for remote radio unit (RRU) integration testing with Altiostar software, and certification with standards bodies and regulatory agencies. The lab has regularly hosted customer visits to conduct RRU testing and, moving forward, it will be a key location to support customer deployments taking place in the UK.
Altiostar’s investment into its UK location follows the findings of the UK government’s Telecoms Diversification Taskforce in April 2021. The taskforce published the 5G Supply Chain Diversification Strategy, where it outlined the intention to build a healthy, innovative and competitive 5G supply chain going forward.
Altiostar UK office personnel also work closely with a number of partners that have a presence in the UK and Ireland and is collaborating with NEC on a number of 5G deployments and also the NEC OpenRAN Global Centre of Excellence. In addition, Altiostar is partnering with Aspire Technology, an Open RAN professional services company headquartered in Dublin, to conduct independent interoperability and end to end testing for radios.
“The Altiostar UK location has played a key role in the development and testing of new software features for all of our customers,” said Kana Muhunthan, Senior Director of Radio Product Development at Altiostar. “The growth of this office reflects the importance of open vRAN to the future of the mobile wireless industry. The UK is a great location for attracting developer talent and we are committed to continue to grow our presence in this region.”