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Open RAN – Here to stay for the long haul!

Over 75% of CSPs say that Open RAN or Open Architectures are critical to future network operations. Open RAN is being tested and deployed by operators worldwide and is expected to take 15% of the RAN market by 2026 (3), demonstrating a savings of...

Parallel Wireless cuts jobs, cites slow Open RAN adoption, supply chain

Analysts remain optimistic that the jobs cuts don’t suggest larger problems brewing beneath the surface Open RAN vendor Parallel Wireless reported widespread layoffs earlier this week, citing economic conditions and the slower-than-expected pace of Open RAN adoption. While the company has not disclosed a number,...

NEC acquires Aspire Technology to boost O-RAN capabilities

NEC said that the acquisition is expected to be fully completed this month Japanese tech giant NEC has increased its capacity to deliver end-to-end Open RAN (O-RAN) ecosystems with the acquisition of Irish firm Aspire Technology, the former said in a release. Aspire Technology is a...

O-RAN Alliance launches research group to focus on 6G

The O-RAN Alliance also announced the launch of its Certification and Badging program O-RAN Alliance announced it has formed its next Generations Research Group (nGRG), with the aim of carrying out research about O-RAN and future 6G networks, the entity said in a release. “The nGRG...

New survey shows increasing interest in O-RAN approach

Some 55% of survey respondents said they are seriously considering an O-RAN strategy Research by U.S. manufacturing services company Jabil has found a growing interest by companies to adopt an Open RAN (O-RAN) approach. A survey of 193 companies conducted for Jabil by SIS International Research...

NTT DoCoMo taps Viavi to ensure global access to its 5G Open RAN project

NTT DoCoMo will use Viavi’s TM500 Network Tester, TM500 O-DU Tester, the TeraVM O-CU Tester and the TeraVM Core Emulator NTT DoCoMo will use Viavi Solutions’ test suite for end-to-end testing for its 5G Open RAN Ecosystem (OREC), a project launched in 2021 that is comprised of 13 vendor...

Cisco sees a virtuous cycle: Innovation lowers cost, lower cost means more connectivity

Open RAN as one of many vectors for closing the digital divide In my conversations at the recent Cisco Live event in Las Vegas, there were several recurring themes but for the purposes of this piece I’ll focus in on two: the relationship between innovation...

Qualcomm grabs Cellwize in O-RAN play

Qualcomm said Monday it acquired CHIME developer Cellwize to help bolster its Open RAN playbook. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

DoD and National Spectrum Consortium partner for O-RAN acceleration

The goal of this initiative is to help identify obstacles to emerging or existing companies in accelerating the commercialization of O-RAN in the U.S The National Spectrum Consortium, with support from the Department of Defense (DoD), recently announced a call for white papers to their...

Open RAN automation 101. Part 2: Network components enabling automation (Reader Forum)

Operators are looking for cost reduction in both CAPEX and OPEX — and RAN is one of the biggest cost factors for operators. It is also one of the most challenging areas when introducing new features and services. Tackling the RAN will have the...

The First Virtual Event Dedicated to Open RAN in Europe – RCR Wireless News presents the Open RAN European Forum 2022

RCR Wireless News are proud to announce Litepoint, Picocom, Viavi Solutions and Mavenir as event sponsors for the first dedicated European Open RAN event, Open RAN European Forum, taking place virtually on June 7th, 2022.  With a specific focus on European market development, at this...

Open RAN reality check: ‘We don’t have open RAN, we have highly coordinated RAN’

Executives provide their perspective on global Open RAN progress at Connect EXPO Open RAN isn’t a technology; it’s a global concept that’s all about ensuring interoperability. It will usher in a new level of flexibility, innovation and market competition within the telecom industry. That was...

Vodafone calls for more robust, collaborative Open RAN integration efforts

New Vodafone white paper suggests multi-vendor integration labs, factory pre-staging, and ongoing network operations One of the primary criticisms, or opportunities depending on your world view, around multi-vendor, interoperable Open RAN is around added system integration complexity as compared to single-vendor integrated RAN systems. There...

Mavenir, Rakuten among the Open RAN vendors chosen for 5G Challenge

Mavenir, Rakuten, Radisys and Capgemini are among half a dozen Open RAN vendors who have been chosen as contestants in a federal 5G Challenge that focuses on supporting development and interoperability of 5G Open RAN systems. The challenge is being hosted by the National...

Airspan reports ‘momentum’ in Open RAN, CBRS, private networks – but ‘turbulent’ supply chain conditions

Airspan Networks said that its four largest customers expanded their orders in the first quarter of 2022, amid continuing network rollout and "momentum" in Open RAN, private 5G networks and CBRS networks. However, Airspan executives said on the company's quarterly call that the company...

European Union publishes report on Open RAN security

The report recommends a number of actions to mitigate potential risks of Open RAN in Europe European Union member states, with the support of the European Commission and ENISA, which is the EU Agency for Cybersecurity, have published a report on the cybersecurity of Open...

Is 5G Open RAN’s big chance?

LitePoint exec: 'Open RAN is good for consumers and for operators' operational costs' According to a 2022 Wind River report, Open RAN (O-RAN) has the potential to deliver up to 30% TCO savings for operators. Because of outlooks like these, LitePoint’s Rex Chen, director of...

How operators can maximize valuable spectrum assets and overcome spectrum constraints (Reader Forum)

With the growth of mobile data traffic catalyzed by the world’s increasing dependency on cellular connections in every area of life, cellular networks are pushing capacity. However, spectrum is the scarcest resource in wireless technology and, with data usage skyrocketing, limited airwave access can...

Samsung ‘joins the Dish Network 5G journey’ as Open RAN provider

Dish Network also said that it is currently testing its 5G network using the Samsung Galaxy S22 Dish Network has selected Samsung to provide its 5G Open RAN-compliant virtualized RAN (vRAN) solutions and radio units across its U.S. markets. The Samsung radios — some of...

UK government announces industry guidelines to deploy O-RAN

One of the O-RAN principles stipulates open disaggregation, allowing elements of the RAN to be sourced from different suppliers The U.K. government announced a set of principles for the development and deployment of Open RAN (O-RAN) equipment. In a statement, the government noted that there is...

Well, technically… when it comes to Open RAN, many are barking up the wrong tree: Parallel Wireless’ Eugina Jordan (Ep. 68)

Eugina Jordan, the VP of of marketing at Parallel Wireless, comes on the podcast to provide a few reality checks about Open RAN and poses some questions of her own.

Mavenir announces the Open RAN Centre of Excellence in Germany

According to Mavenir, all German MNOs have committed to adopting Open RAN Mavenir announced that it has expanded its European capabilities with the establishment of an Open RAN Centre of Excellence in Germany. The company said that the center, located in Bonn, will support European...

Open RAN automation 101 Part 1: Automation enablers (Reader Forum)

Open RAN is much more than just an opportunity to diversify vendor supply chains and introduce open standards into networks. It is an opportunity to innovate within what has always been a very hardware-centric and fixed part of the network. Part of that innovation...

Parallel Wireless partners with Brazilian carriers for O-RAN trial

Mobile operators Brisanet, Claro, TIM and Vivo are partners in the O-RAN program U.S.-based Open RAN company Parallel Wireless said it is partnering with Inatel, Telecom Infra Project (TIP), Brisanet, Claro, TIM, and Vivo to conduct a field trial enabling leading-edge 4G and 5G broadband...

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