What Is the Current Development of Open RAN?

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By Fei Liu | 1Q 2022 | IN-6485

 

Vodafone Aims to Use Open RAN in 30% of its European Network by 2030

NEWS


The main challenge for network operators is the cost to deploy and maintain networks because of vendor lock-in and the complexity of networks. Open RAN is expected to deliver economic and technical benefits and improve efficiency and flexibility of the supply chain, reducing vendor lock-in and stimulating RAN innovation. Leading operators—such as Rakuten Mobile, Orange, Vodafone, Deutsche Telekom, Telefónica, TIM, and others—all support open RAN. Some have already deployed open RAN, with more deployment expected in 2022.

On January 19, 2022, Vodafone switched on its first 5G open RAN site in the United Kingdom, and on February 28, 2022, Vodafone announced at the Mobile World Congress 2022 that it will deploy open RAN in 30% of its European networks by 2030. As a result, about 30,000 sites will eventually use open RAN, starting with rural areas.

Benefits and Challenges of Open RAN

IMPACT


According to Parallel Wireless, RAN has always accounted for the biggest expense for networ…

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