For the second year in a row, I made the trip to cowboy nation to attend Mavenir’s one-day analyst event in Dallas, Texas—and it was worth the trip. Last year at the same event, Mavenir exposed its virtual RAN (vRAN) strategy to a select group of respected telecom analysts, most of them veterans, and guess what? Despite the soundness of its vRAN baseband unit (BBU) architecture (Mavenir does not do remote radio units (RRUs), preferring to solely focus on software), no one believed the story—even less so when the rhetoric centered around taking on the big guys (e.g., Ericsson, Huawei, and Nokia). Well, what a difference a year makes! Clients, please log in to view the full content.