TIP EMEA Open RAN Latest Updates
In the latest Telecom Infra Project (TIP) Insights Series 2020 for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA), the CTO of UK Vodafone announced Vodafone’s commitment to deploy 2,600 Open Radio Access Network (RAN) sites between now and 2027, reaching 1,150 installed base by 2023. This is one of the first large-scale deployments of Open RAN in Europe. Vodafone would also initiate a tender covering more than 100,000 sites in 14 countries in Europe. Open RAN deployment is focusing more on rural deployment in the first half of the deployment forecast, and then shifting to urban deployment once the technology and ecosystem mature further.
TIP has been spearheading Open RAN development and is asking all operators to start using Open RAN in Europe. It is transitioning to be more of a coordinating body rather than a standardization body, which is essential for Open RAN moving forward, because operators will have different requirements that need to be consolidated for small vendors to address. The O-RAN Alliance continues to be the main standardization and specification body and …
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