Parallel Wireless is a private sector business that provides wireless telecommunications solutions, who believes that software has the power to unleash amazing opportunities for the world. Established in 2012 the company employs around 700 people.
Headquartered in New Hampshire, US, Parallel Wireless, Inc. is an Open RAN software company delivering the world’s leading ALL G – 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G cloud-native, Open RAN solutions. They are used by leading global Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) such as BT/EE in the UK, Vodafone in Ireland, Turkey and Africa, Millicom, Axiata Group, Orange, MTN and many more, and have been recognised with over 80 industry awards.
Bristol is at the heart of the West of England’s ‘Silicon Gorge’... This was part of the reason that Parallel Wireless decided to locate its UK R&D hub in the city.
The world of Telecoms/RAN infrastructure is changing radically towards solutions based on disaggregated commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) based hardware platforms and smart applications with open interfaces. This new approach requires a deep understanding of the wireless standards and of computer platforms and their underlying Central Processing Units (CPUs).
Bristol is at the heart of the West of England’s ‘Silicon Gorge’ and has the best of both worlds. For decades Bristol and its region have hosted wireless companies, silicon providers and high-performance computer companies. This was part of the reason that Parallel Wireless decided to locate its UK R&D hub in the city.
In 2018 Invest Bristol & Bath (IBB) worked in partnership with the Department for International Trade to attract Parallel Wireless to Bristol, this included identifying the best workspace for their talent needs and client base.
“Today Parallel Wireless in Bristol is able to combine the best of the region to really innovate and reimagine the RAN. Bristol has a thriving tech scene and amazing tech infrastructure. It hosts a world leading 5G test network, managed by the University of Bristol and partners in the city centre. Bristol is also a place where people want to live, and we feel is currently one of the most attractive cities in the UK.”
Open house ribbon cutting with our guest Dimitra Simeonidou, Professor and Director of the University of Bristol Smart Internet Lab, and Head of the Bristol Digital Futures Institute.
IBB has continued to support the company over the last four years as a strategic employer, their support has included: