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on 14 February 2024

Firecell and Canonical to demonstrate 5G private mobile network (PMN) solution running on Ubuntu at MWC Barcelona


Paris, France. 14 February 2024. United by a common goal to advance open source software in telecommunications, Firecell and Canonical will demonstrate at this year’s Mobile Wireless Congress (MWC) event in Barcelona, 5G private mobile network (PMN) solutions running on Canonical’s Ubuntu operating system.

Recognising the future of Open RAN in telecommunications, particularly in 5G private mobile networks, Canonical joined the OpenAirInterface (OAI) Community in December 2023. As a member of OAI, Canonical is expanding its telecommunication software portfolio, adding mobile networking software to the set of open source tools and solutions that the company offers to the industry. Canonical also now collaborates with companies such as Firecell to bring secure, trusted and production-grade open source to the Open RAN ecosystem. Firecell offers PMN solutions based on the open source software distributed by OAI for both indoor and outdoor connectivity.

Ubuntu is the de facto industry standard worldwide when running telecom networking software and business application workloads. It provides exactly what the telecom industry needs: production-grade performance and security for telecom software and infrastructure. 

“Canonical’s integration with the OpenAirInterface Community and collaboration with Firecell are set to transform the telecommunications landscape”, said Cédric Gégout, VP of Product Management at Canonical. “Our commitment to deliver robust, secure open source solutions with more than 10-years of support with Ubuntu Pro guarantees production-grade performance and security to all the 5G industries.”

These 10 years of support are available through Ubuntu Pro, the most comprehensive subscription service for software security and compliance in the industry. The Ubuntu Pro subscription also brings real-time processing capabilities to telecom networking software and business applications. With its support for a wide range of enhanced platform awareness (EPA) features, operators can get the performance they need when delivering their services with Ubuntu running across their entire telecom infrastructure, covering devices and radio access networks (RAN) as well as edge and core clouds.

“As the leading provider of integrated and affordable private 5G solutions, Firecell is excited to announce our partnership with Canonical”, declared Claude Seyrat, CEO of Firecell. “This collaboration underscores our dedication to open-source innovation and our belief in its critical role in shaping the future of telecommunications. By pooling our resources together and supporting the OpenAirInterface initiative, we are setting a new standard in the industry. We are not just advocating for change on how telecommunication software must be developed; we are actively driving it, ensuring that open-source becomes the cornerstone of 5G development”.

The OpenAirInterface (OAI) Community is dedicated to developing and distributing software for open radio access networks (Open RAN) and core networks. Their work adheres to the mobile telecommunications networking specifications set by 3GPP, as well as the software interfaces defined by the O-RAN Alliance for Open RAN. The production-grade PMN solutions offered by Firecell and empowered by Ubuntu are another example of the capabilities of open source software on Ubuntu within the telecommunications sector.

Contact us for your telco deployment needs and your transition to open source.

About Canonical

Canonical, the publisher of Ubuntu, provides open source security, support and services. Our portfolio covers critical systems, from the smallest devices to the largest clouds, from the kernel to containers, from databases to AI. With customers that include top tech brands, emerging startups, governments and home users, Canonical delivers trusted open source for everyone. Learn more at https://canonical.com/

About Firecell

Firecell accelerates companies’ digital transformation by providing seamless and robust connectivity both indoors and outdoors, with a turn-key private 5G network solution. Firecell eliminates the complexity of deploying private 5G networks and reduces the overall network cost to achieve faster ROI for enterprises. Firecell has customers in Europe, the US and Asia. Learn more at https://firecell.io/

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Lelanie de Roubaix, Communications Manager
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Firecell

Olivier Dhotel, Co-founder
olivier.dhotel@firecell.io

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