Antevia picks Picocom to empower in-building 5G

  • February 7, 2023
  • Steve Rogerson

Antevia Networks has selected fellow UK company Picocom’s silicon technology to empower its 5G in-building technology.

Picocom is a 5G Open RAN baseband semiconductor and software specialist. The partnership combines Antevia Networks’ technology with Picocom’s 5G system-on-chip silicon to drive innovations to address the challenges deploying indoor 5G private networks.

The Antevia Networks offering delivers a 5G private network deployment that enables intelligent routing of coverage and capacity within buildings or campuses to accommodate variable demand or simply to provide reliable 5G connectivity.

“Antevia Networks is pioneering a new class of 5G private network coverage for enterprises worldwide,” said Simon Cosgrove, CEO of Antevia Networks. “In working together with Picocom, their state-of-the-art 5G silicon and collaborative approach is allowing us to innovate faster, reach the market sooner and deliver ground-breaking solutions for enterprises needing cost-effective 5G private networks.”

PC802 is shipping in mass production quantities together with mature software for Open RAN distributed units (O-DU) and radio units (O-RU), as well as integrated small cells. In addition, PC802 supports both 4G LTE and 5G NR.

“I have been very impressed by how Antevia Networks has taken Picocom’s Open RAN O-DU and O-RU components and built a true innovation for indoor coverage, built on the standard open interfaces defined by the O-RAN Alliance,” said Peter Claydon, president of Picocom. “This is a great illustration of how Open RAN enables network operators to create highly differentiated products on top of the building blocks that Picocom’s flexible silicon provides.”

Antevia Networks’ approach to 5G in-building private networks changes the RAN design, which improves coverage, capacity and service robustness while keeping the costs low enough to make it affordable for enterprise.

Picocom is a semiconductor company that designs and markets Open RAN standard-compliant baseband SoCs and carrier-grade software for 5G small cell infrastructure. The company, founded in 2018, has R&D engineering sites in Hangzhou and Beijing, China, and Bristol, UK. Picocom founding members have experience and track record in leading teams designing baseband infrastructure products. Picocom is a member of the Small Cell Forum and O-RAN Alliance wireless industry associations.

Antevia Networks design and develop 5G in-building technology for enterprises. Antevia was formed in March 2021 and is based in Reading, UK, with research and development teams in Vancouver, Canada. Antevia’s team has experience in 2G, 3G and 4G in-building coverage and is using Open-RAN based technology to pioneer in-building 5G coverage and capacity for enterprises.

Picocom and Antevia Networks will be at this month’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in Hall 5, stand 5I32.