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vRAN vs. Open RAN: What’s the same and what’s different?

vRAN and Open RAN help operators improve flexibility, reduce costs and meet growing demand by disaggregating Radio Access Network functions.

What is vRAN (virtualized RAN)?

A Virtualized Radio Access Network (vRAN) is an agile approach to RAN deployment and management that offers carriers the promise of improved operational efficiency and better flexibility to meet the myriad demands of 5G enterprise customers. vRAN and OpenRAN are often discussed in the...

Telecom Egypt announces Open RAN trial with Altiostar, Cisco

The results of the Open RAN trial will be shared with the TIP community Telecom Egypt is working on a proof-of-concept trial for Open RAN solutions in Egypt. With support from Altiostar, Cisco, the Evenstar program and the Telecom Infra Project (TIP), the operator is...

MTN names Open RAN partners for network expansion in Africa

With partners in tow, MTN aims to roll out the Open RAN by the end of 2021 In January of 2020, the GSMA claimed that while South Africa is still several years away from widespread 5G adoption, the country is leading the rest of sub-Saharan...

Sceye, New Mexico consortium tests OpenRAN in the stratosphere for tribal broadband service

A Swiss high-altitude platforms (HAPS) company Sceye recently conducted a test flight of its sleek, silvery stratospheric blimp with the aim of covering rural and tribal areas of New Mexico with 100 Mbps-level speeds. Sceye's HAPS achieved an elevation of 64,000 feet during a...

Open RAN Forum: Tackling questions of scale, integration and trust

As Open RAN technology -- and one might venture, an open RAN mindset -- becomes more intriguing for telecom companies around the world, some of the primary questions are around how the nascent Open RAN ecosystem develops and becomes not just a technology or...

Rakuten Mobile signs deal with STC to boost OpenRAN tech

  Japanese operator Rakuten Mobile has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Saudi Telecom Company (STC) with the aim of collaborating in the field of innovation and strategic mobile technology. Under the terms of the deal, the two companies will explore future opportunities to collaborate...

Well, technically… multi-vendor interoperability leads to a robust, innovative ecosystem: Suruchi Gupta, Samsung (Ep. 13)

RCR Wireless News · Well, technically... multi-vendor interoperability leads to a robust, innovative ecosystem (Ep. 13) On this week's episode, Suruchi Gupta, Samsung's senior professional of sales and head of 5G collaboration, discusses the company's commitment to helping create an open telecom ecosystem that supports...

Nokia will provide Dish Network with 5G core software

Dish plans to build out its 5G network by 2023 Following “months of joint testing,” Nokia and Dish Network have entered an agreement in which Nokia’s cloud-native, standalone 5G Core software products will provide support in a number of areas including data management, device management...

Vodafone UK turns on OpenRAN 4G site with support from Mavenir

The OpenRAN 4G site will extend mobile services to rural communities Vodafone UK has switched on an OpenRAN 4G site around the Royal Welsh Showground in Powys, Wales with support from Mavenir. The plan is to use OpenRAN to more cost-effectively extend 4G services to...

Open RAN 101–A timeline of Open RAN journey in the industry: Why, what, when, how? (Reader Forum)

History Some estimates put the telecom industry, especially the RAN segment, between seven and ten years behind a normal innovation curve due to the lack of competition in the market. This is a similar situation to the state of the data center industry in the...

Inland Cellular using OpenRAN in Idaho

Inland using Parallel Wireless RRHs connected to virtualized baseband running on Dell EMC servers Open radio access network technologies, which disaggregate hardware from software potentially creating a cost benefit to operators, have been discussed as a potential solution for smaller U.S. operators looking to move...

US Cellular joins the Open RAN Policy Coalition

US Cellular exec: 'Open RAN will enhance the way wireless networks are built and operated' US Cellular has become the latest company to join the Open RAN movement, with its official announcement that it is now a part of the Open RAN Policy Coalition, a...

What happens to deployment TCO when mobile operators deploy OpenRAN only for 5G? (Reader Forum)

When you see the many announcements around innovation in OpenRAN for 5G, what you may not realize is that the 4G and 5G-only OpenRAN approach is only suited for greenfield deployments. So, what does that mean for brownfield or existing wireless networks? There are...

Dish selects Mavenir software for OpenRAN on 5G network

Dish: 'An OpenRAN architecture provides the opportunity to utilize “a diverse technology ecosystem' Now that the Sprint/T-Mobile merger has officially been finalized, Dish Network is on its way to being one of the big four U.S. mobile operators. As part of its plan to develop...

Parallel Wireless tapped to provide connectivity in rural Ghana

Parallel Wireless CEO: "We have an all G world for a long period of time" U.S.-based OpenRAN provider Parallel Wireless this week announced it was selected by the Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications to provide cellular systems to extend connectivity into underserved and unserved...

Rakuten Mobile, TPG Telecom to carry out OpenRAN trial in Singapore

  Japanese telco Rakuten Mobile is collaborating with Singaporean carrier TPG Telecom on a 5G technology partnership program to trial OpenRAN solutions in Singapore, the former said in a release. Rakuten Mobile had launched what it claimed to be the world’s first end-to-end fully virtualized, cloud-native...

Benetel CEO: Open RAN could pave the way for nontraditional vendors

Benetel sees open RAN as a driver behind the development of 5G Dublin-based wireless technology infrastructure provider Benetel has been heavily focused on contributing to an open Radio Access Network ecosystem that is based on General Purpose Processing Platforms (GPPP) and disaggregated software, an ecosystem...

O2 partners up for UK OpenRAN project

O2 expects the commercial deployment of OpenRAN to accelerate over the next 18-24 months O2, the U.K. operator owned by Telefonica, will work with Mavenir, DenseAir and WaveMobile to deploy 4G and 5G networks over OpenRAN solutions in dense environments and more isolated rural communities....

Senate bill would put $1.25B in play for 5G O-RAN R&D, security

A new, bipartisan bill in the Senate would require the Federal Communications Commission to set aside $750 million in spectrum auction proceeds to strengthen the ecosystem of open standards-based 5G solutions that don't originate from China, including OpenRAN and the Telecom Infra Project. The bill...

Networks go cloud-native and unified with OpenRAN (Reader Forum)

Carrier networks need increased flexibility as they juggle 5G with legacy technologies This year, carriers across the globe will be considering how they can cost-effectively roll out new 5G networks, whilst reducing complexity in their legacy 2G/3G/4G infrastructure. In developing markets, carriers face the challenge of...

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