RAN & Open RAN – Page 7

  • Vodafone joins European telco call for open RAN help

    Vodafone joins European telco call for open RAN help


    Group signs off on Analysys Mason report recommending that European policymakers financially stimulate the region’s open RAN ecosystem. Report also backed by Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telecom Italia, and Telefónica. Wibergh says “Europe needs to urgently prioritise open RAN” to avoid slipping further behind Asia and USA.

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    Partnerships & Alliances

    BT’s McRae fights corner for Nordic giants, as peers swing for Eur-O-RAN


    BT Chief Architect highlights value of local major NEPs, as European peers promote greater supply chain diversification. Remarks follow McRae support for Ericsson foray into open RAN orchestration. BT committed to open RAN as part of opportunity to ‘network-ify’ applications and functions in new markets. Analysys Mason-backed report highlights ...

  • VM O2 puts Samsung in RAN frame
    Suppliers & SCM

    VM O2 puts Samsung in RAN frame


    Longstanding suppliers Nokia, Ericsson put on alert as JV explores “vendor diversity”. VM O2 will put Samsung’s 4G and 5G RAN equipment through its paces. South Korean supplier maintains kit is open RAN-compliant (after some configuration changes).

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    Partnerships & Alliances

    Vodacom in talks over rural wireless alliance


    Operator scoping out partners to share investment in thousands of extra sites across its sub-Saharan African footprint. Venture adds to wider technology and business model experimentation by Vodacom, to fund network expansion.

  • Ciena: Adapting the network mindset for the new digital world
    Vendor Voice

    Ciena: Adapting the network mindset for the new digital world


    Speaking to TelcoTitans’ Vendor Voice, key figures within Ciena underline the foundational role of networks in transitioning to the digital platform future that is now permeating telcos’ operational and customer functions. However, they also note that the embrace of models more familiar in an IT setting is causing some ...

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    Network & Infrastructure

    Deutsche Telekom’s Choi sees open RAN deployments from 2023


    Group’s tech boss likens RAN disaggregation complexity to landing a space rocket booster. Delayed SD-RAN trial one of many remaining legs on “journey” towards open RAN maturity. DT acknowledges geopolitical challenges around O-RAN ecosystem. Call-to-action made on collaboration.

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    Venturing & Investments

    DT’s RAN buddy Cellwize gets HPE investment


    Automated RAN platform provider and Deutsche Telekom Capital Partners’ investment Cellwize takes cash injection from Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s Pathfinder venturing programme.

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    NEC solidifies SI position in Telefónica’s open RAN push


    Japan-based vendor to coordinate live trials in four key markets. German open RAN trial seen as springboard for NEC’s leap into wider Group sphere.

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    Network & Infrastructure

    Nokia resumes O-RAN Alliance activity


    Group revises procedures to alleviate concerns over US export rules. Deutsche Telekom is “fully committed” to the Alliance. USA considering clarifications for standards organisations.

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    Innovation (R&D)

    DT: Open RAN not there yet, but developing fast


    Deutsche Telekom’s view on open RAN state of play. Mixed bag: encouraging pace of development, but complexity reigns. Programmability capability is two to three years away. “Must have” automation needed to tackle integration challenge.

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    Network & Infrastructure

    Telefónica gets nod for Colombian open RAN trial


    Two Telefónica projects advance to a testing phase in Colombia’s Regulatory Sandbox initiative. Open RAN project builds on Internet para Todos rollout in Latin America. SOC targets real-time network experience monitoring.

  • TPG Telecom pre-assembles 5G units to speed rollout

    TPG Telecom pre-assembles 5G units to speed rollout


    TPG accelerates 5G drive with new processes, spectrum, and research partnerships. Aims to cover 85% of population in six cities with 5G by the end of 2021.

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    Rakuten acquires Telefónica open RAN investment


    Rakuten to acquire Altiostar, Telefónica minority investment and “partner of choice”. Telefónica relationship with the US-based open RAN specialist extends beyond stake holding, with collaboration in network development and deployment in Europe and Latin America.

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    Network & Infrastructure

    BT accelerates Huawei swap-out and sets 2028 full 5G goal


    By 2028 EE’s 5G network to reach 90% of landmass and the remainder “on-demand”. Consumer and Network-fronted event intended to stake BT’s claim for national network superiority, and development of a platform for growth. Exacting ESN connectivity demands pinned as a reason for open access caution, but accelerated Huawei ...

  • DT launches open RAN in Germany with massive MIMO

    DT launches open RAN in Germany with massive MIMO


    Operator switches on O-RAN Town in Neubrandenburg. Dell, Fujitsu, Intel, Mavenir, NEC, and Supermicro all part of vendor mix. DT emphasises automation as “must have” to manage complexity. “Vendor-independent” service management and orchestration framework developed. DT heavily involved in NGMN work at plugging R&D “industry gap” in determining best ...

  • Group furthers shake-up with open RAN vendor picks
    Suppliers & SCM

    Vodafone Group furthers shake-up with open RAN vendor picks


    Capgemini Engineering, Dell Technologies, Keysight Technologies, NEC, Samsung, and Wind River selected for commercial UK deployment. Vodafone top brass insists that accelerating the pace of RAN innovation, rather than cost reduction, is initial the strategic driver for open RAN rollout. Quietly trimming UK open RAN site commitment from 2,600 ...

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    Network & Infrastructure

    Telefónica España sticks by Ericsson, Nokia for ‘real’ 5G


    Scandinavian duo reportedly selected for 5G SA rollout. No real surprise as Ericsson, Nokia already ensconced in 5G NSA RAN. Spanish government offers sweeteners for rescheduled 700MHz spectrum sale.

  • EE adopts Nokia’s SON

    EE adopts Nokia’s SON


    Operator implements Nokia’s Self-Organizing Networks software in a bid to improve customer experience on its mobile networks. Nokia hails the deal as evidence of the strength of its BT account, which is said to have taken on a “continuous development” model.

  • Mixed Huawei 5G RAN messages remain in Europe

    Mixed Huawei 5G RAN messages remain in Europe


    Vodafone Italy reportedly gets conditional approval to use Huawei 5G RAN equipment. Huawei’s position in Germany looks more vulnerable after IT Security 2.0 Bill becomes law.

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    Innovation (R&D)

    Vodafone picks Dresden and Málaga for R&D


    Portugal may have lost out because of Group anger over the ongoing 5G auction process.