Santiago Tenorio, Head of Network Strategy & Architecture at Vodafone, used the Telecom Infra Project’s (TIP) latest industry gathering to fire another warning at the vendor establishment.
Telefónica putting money where mouth is on commitment to fostering an open, multi‑vendor environment. TIP‑based collaboration translates to commercial opportunities for Altiostar.
Private LTE network for leading mining group Minera Las Bambas, with path to 5G services.
Vision of new flexibility and optionality in operator RAN deployments; not just a cost-slicer. 5G piece to be added to OpenRAN by end of 2019; vendors position for network densification role. Operators still to adapt themselves culturally and organisationally to exploit OpenRAN changes.
OpenRAN time appears to be coming, with supplier choice constraints evidently dominating Group thinking. Vodafone steps up rhetoric regarding potential of tech; “fast tracking” referenced. Group still in trial mode with technology, however. Firm strategy for bearers and configurations yet to emerge.
VfIr joins small clutch of Group OpCos that offer commercial 5G.
Inside the rebel base: CTO opens up on Rakuten Mobile and Reliance Jio green-field ventures. Network and customer experience reimagined for challenge to operator establishment. Can telco establishment translate experiences, with legacy encumbrance?
BT is hoping to bring operators together with an indoor coverage solution fit for 5G. Virtualisation support from Mavenir looks set to enable flexible antenna sharing, subject to industry clearance.