Ceragon releases new RAON software for reduced energy consumption

07 February 2023

Ceragon Networks Ltd.’s new Radio Aware Open Networking (RAON) software is now available for purchase as part of its IP-50FX Disaggregated Cell Site Gateway (DCSG) solution.

The RAON software is designed to increase operational efficiency, simplify radio monitoring and management, and reduce energy consumption at a time when global energy prices are adversely impacting OPEX. By enabling the cell site gateway to act as a virtual in-door unit with a single IP address, RAON empowers unified monitoring and management capabilities. It informs the cell site router of any changes in connected outdoor radios, allowing for data-driven decisions such as rerouting for optimal traffic flow.

The RAON-enabled two-in-one configuration combines a cell site router (CSR) and radio indoor unit (IDU) into a single device, increasing operators’ flexibility to meet changing capacity demands while also achieving cost savings. With the new software, the need to power, cool, connect, and provide rack space for two separate devices is eliminated, minimising energy consumption and reducing operational, administration, and maintenance (OAM) complexity, as well as provision complexity.