Nokia Strengthens Commitment to OpenRAN

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3Q 2020 | IN-5909


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Confronting the paradigm-changing implications of the growing Open Radio Access Network (OpenRAN) movement has forced Tier-1 vendors to reevaluate their respective roles in the mobile network infrastructure supply chain. Should they continue selling End-to-End (E2E) proprietary equipment and software in the midst of this burgeoning trend? Or should they choose to adapt by embedding flexibility and interoperability within their interfaces to allow operators to deploy customized multi-vendor networks? The combination of reduced vendor diversity due to geopolitical tensions and the continued progress of new OpenRAN players such as Altiostar (Rakuten’s fully virtualized network) and Mavenir (Vodafone UK’s 4G OpenRAN sites) is incrementally changing the industry sentiment on the OpenRAN movement.

In the face of the increasing global demand of more open standards-based RAN, Nokia is committing to implementing OpenRAN-defined interfaces in its Airscale RAN portfolio that would facilitate interoperability. Nokia has announced that “an initial set of open RAN functionalities will …

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