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O-RAN Alliance announces new specifications, MWC LA demonstrations

The O-RAN Alliance, a global community of more than 300 companies operating in the Radio Access Network (RAN) industry, has released another set of technical specifications for Open RAN. In addition to the nine technical specifications outline below, another 39 technical documents have been...

Dell digs into telecom with solutions supporting 5G, Open RAN

Dell exec: 'The telecommunications network opening up is absolutely inevitable' In June, Dell Technologies revealed intentions to enhance its participation in the telecommunications industry by driving an open ecosystem with its Project Metalweaver and related solutions. This week, the company took its first major step...

What is Kubernetes and what does it mean for 5G?

Kubernetes is cloud software container management that can help carriers with 5G Network Functions Virtualization

Open RAN revenues could surpass proprietary RAN revenues by 2025: Dell’Oro Group

Operators are focused on leveraging Open RAN to lower per-site TCO, according Dell'Oro Group VP Telecoms industry analyst Stefan Pongratz, vice president of the Dell'Oro Group, this week told attendees to the Open RAN Forum that as operators connect radio site total cost of...

Dish seeks permit to test 5G using 600MHz spectrum in Denver and Vegas

Dish Network is asking the Federal Communications Commission for a special temporary authorization to use 600 MHz band spectrum currently licensed to Bluewater Wireless for a three month period with the aim of carrying out 5G tests in Denver and Las Vegas using carrier...

Parallel Wireless, Neptune Communications bring Open RAN LTE to the Caribbean

Parallel Wireless and Neptune Communications will use Open RAN to provide mission-critical voice, data service to government agencies in Barbados Parallel Wireless and Neptune Communications are laying claim to delivering the first Open RAN (O-RAN) compliant 4G LTE solution in the Caribbean. Neptune’s 4G LTE...

NTT, Fujitsu target open architecture through strategic alliance

Japanese companies NTT and Fujitsu Limited formed a strategic business alliance to conduct research in the mobile communications and optical transport fields, with the aim of expanding into the global market and delivering sustainable infrastructure. In a joint statement, the partners said that they will...

Dell’Oro expects double-digit Open RAN growth

Over the new few years, Open RAN worldwide revenues are expected to grow at double-digit rates, according to Dell'Oro Group. The analyst firm forecasts in a new report that cumulative Open RAN investments – including hardware, software, and firmware, but not services -- will...

2021: What’s next for outdoor wireless networks? (Reader Forum)

Introduction As an eventful 2020 draws to a close, the telecommunications industry is looking forward to building a future in which connectivity is truly ubiquitous and accessible for all. To help achieve this goal, operators will continue to accelerate their rollouts of 5G networks across...

Qualcomm CEO calls 2020 an ‘extraordinary year’ as company reports huge Q4

RF front-end business sees significant year-over-year gains with global mmWave investments creating growth tailwinds Reporting its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2020 results on Wednesday, Qualcomm Incorporated CEO Steve Mollenkopf reflected on an “extraordinary year” both in terms of transitioning the company’s 40,000-plus workforce to...

Qualcomm’s new RAN chipsets to accelerate migration toward Open RANs (Analyst Angle)

Earlier this week, Qualcomm announced new chipsets for Virtualized Radio Access Network (vRAN) and open networks, adding to its existing small cell chipset product line (Qualcomm 5G Radio Access Network (RAN) for small cells). Specifically, the announcement focused on the following domains: The Qualcomm...

Open RAN Forum: Policy, collaboration and driving competition in an Open RAN ecosystem

There's a lot of explaining to do around Open RAN, both in terms of what it is and what it is not, even as U.S. policymakers show keen interest in helping to drive Open RAN development. Diane Rinaldo, executive director of OpenRAN Policy Coalition, said...

Test and Measurement: Keysight’s equipment goes into Qualcomm’s open RAN testbeds

Qualcomm Technologies will be using open Radio Access Network testing solutions from Keysight Technologies in multiple test beds in New Jersey, as the chipmaker develops and validates new designs based on open RAN interfaces. Keysight said that the two companies have done open RAN and...

How Open RAN can drive 5G forward

This trend of disaggregation, virtualization and commoditization has implications beyond just Open RAN. 5G was intentionally designed to be flexible and adaptable. As such, the networks have to mirror that as does the way services are developed and deployed.  “If you really want to deliver...

The 3 consortia fostering the Open RAN ecosystem

Open RAN Policy Coalition In May this year, the Open RAN Policy Coalition was established to advocate for “vendor choice and flexibility in next-generation network deployments,” as Executive Director Diane Rinaldo put it at the time. This is necessary, she said, “from a security and...

5 Open RAN terms to know

Like most things telecom, Open RAN brings with it a complex alphabet soup of acronyms and initialisms. Here we’re providing brief explanations of some key terminology. And, to be sure, this is a superficial description of the following terms and a fraction of the...

Editorial Report: Is Open RAN Key to the 5G Future?

The true benefits of 5G will be realized with massive scale, something that operators will have to pay mightily to achieve. In carrier-led effort to shift network economics in their favor, the open RAN ecosystem has flourished in recent years and is poised for...

What are the perceived downsides of Open RAN?

While the benefits of Open RAN (advantageous network economics and deployment flexibility chief among them) are widely touted, there are also well-articulated issues associated with the technology. One question is whether operators are trading reduced capex related to RAN infrastructure for increased integration costs as someone...

Breaking down the pros of Open RAN

Let’s frame the Open RAN value proposition to better understand the benefits of disaggregating radio hardware and software, trading single-purpose equipment for general-purpose hardware and moving vital network functions into the cloud. First and foremost, network economics need to change; for 5G, and LTE,...

Editorial Webinar: Is Open RAN Key to the 5G Future?

The true benefits of 5G will be realized with massive scale, something that operators will have to pay mightily to achieve. In carrier-led effort to shift network economics in their favor, the open RAN ecosystem has flourished in recent years and is poised for...

AT&T and Verizon call out scale, maturity and integration as Open RAN challenges

Last week the U.S. Federal Communications Commission brought together a variety of Open RAN stakeholders for its Forum on 5G Open Radio Access Networks. While greenfield operators like DISH and Rakuten Mobile seemed steadfast in their conviction that Open RAN was ready to go...

Xilinx takes on Open RAN with telco accelerator card for O-DUs and vBBUs

Xilinx previously tapped by Telefónica in its push for massive Open RAN deployments This week San Jose-based Xilinx announced it's shipping a T1 Telco Accelerator Card designed for 5G Open RAN networks with a specific focus on simplifying Open RAN fronthaul termination at an open...

Telefónica CTIO calls Open RAN a ‘necessity;’ signs MoU with Rakuten Mobile

Partnership includes Open RAN and a drive toward advanced network automation As it continues to pursue integration of Open RAN technologies into its multi-national network footprint, Telefónica Global CTIO Enrique Blanco and Rakuten Mobile CTO and CAO Tareq Amin discussed a newly announced partnership that...

Qualcomm as the ‘engine’ of Open RAN base stations

Speaking during IFA, Qualcomm President discusses the company's role in the RAN Open RAN is having a big impact on the telecom space with major operators around the world embracing disaggregation of radio access network (RAN) hardware and software. The idea is to give operators...

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