How Should Equipment Vendors Approach the Open RAN and vRAN Trend?

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By Kangrui Ling | 3Q 2021 | IN-6224


Vendors Respond to Increased Open RAN and vRAN Activities


In June, Vodafone announced that it will deploy virtualized Radio Access Network (vRAN) in the United Kingdom (UK), utilizing Samsung’s vRAN and open radio access network (RAN) solutions. This will not be a full-scale deployment and will only cover the low and mid-band spectrum. A month before the announcement, Mavenir announced an open RAN deployment for a smart city project in Thailand, and meanwhile, Rakuten further expanded its open RAN partnership to NEC and Fujitsu to develop open RAN compliant radio solutions for Rakuten Communications Platform (RCP).

In response to the increase in commercial open RAN and vRAN activities, ABI Research sees major incumbent Network Equipment Vendors (NEV), such as Nokia, stepping up their development for these technologies. For example, Nokia announced in June 2021 the opening of an open RAN Collaboration and Testing Centre in Dallas to test open fronthaul interfaces and xApps for their new RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC) platform—the Service Enablement Platform (SEP), which was announced in March 2021. Eri…

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