IS-Wireless, a leading regional 5G private networks provider, recently achieved a landmark feat in Poland’s telecommunications sector. The company launched the first 5G campus network at Bialystok University of Technology, built on the Open RAN model and leveraging local frequencies. This initiative is poised to play a crucial role in educating future 5G and 6G experts.
Telecommunications is experiencing a rapid expansion of the Open RAN category, a model currently being deployed in 5G networks. Top industry leaders are convinced that this model will define the architectural basis for future 6G networks. “That’s why the installation in Bialystok, the first of its kind at a Polish university, is so important,” explains Slawomir Pietrzyk, CEO and Founder of IS-Wireless.
Furthermore, one of the principle advantages of the Open RAN model lies in its vendor-agnostic nature. It allows for the integration of both hardware and software components from varied suppliers, which was effectively demonstrated in the Bialystok University network. Components supplied by Emitel S.A and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) were critical in the network’s construction.
One cannot underestimate the increasing need for quick and efficient device communication in our current technological era. “Cutting-edge telecommunications solutions are one of the driving forces of the economy, enabling smart factories and cities, automation and new services requiring quick data transfer,” notes Krzysztof Kowalczyk, Sales Director at Hewlett Packard Enterprise Poland.
Previously, IS-Wireless successfully implemented a similar network at Riga Technical University, Latvia, marking yet another significant achievement in the Open RAN field.
This pioneering 5G network at the Bialystok University will serve as a practical platform for students to gain real-world knowledge about building and maintaining open model mobile networks. With the global trend moving towards Open RAN for constructing telecommunications networks, the university is keen on empowering future professionals who can contribute to the dynamic growth of this sector.
“Students will have access to the latest technology,” emphasizes Professor Mirosław Świercz, Vice-Rector for Development at Bialystok University of Technology. “They will test commercial devices and perform tests related to 5G radio transmission – for example, understand the server computing resources used by this network.”
In conclusion, IS-Wireless is pioneering the transition to the Open RAN model, offering practical solutions that cater not just to current 5G needs, but also looking toward aiding the adoption of forthcoming 6G networks. Through educational implementations like the one at Bialystok University, the company is helping shape future professionals who are equipped to navigate the fast-evolving telecommunications landscape.