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Fujitsu joins Evenstar O-RAN project

Fujitsu Network Communications' 5G mMIMO Radio Units are coming to the Telecom Infra Project and Meta's Evenstar O-RAN program.

Vodafone and partners carry out O-RAN 5G multi-vendor trial

Vodafone Group has partnered with Telecom Infra Project (TIP), Cohere Technologies, VMware, Capgemini Engineering and Intel to demonstrate how Open Radio Access Network (RAN) technology can be used to boost the capacity of 5G where multiple customers are using the same site. In a release,...

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...

Open RAN 101–Open RAN adoption in in different regions: Why, what, when, how? (Reader Forum)

History Most of the CAPEX required to build a wireless network is related to the RAN segment, reaching as high as 80% of the total network cost. Any reduction in the RAN equipment cost will significantly help the bottom line of wireless operators as they...

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...

Sensing open RAN opportunity, Nokia steps on the gas

Nokia expects “full suite” of O-RAN interfaces available in 2021 Adding on to a recent refresh of its virtualized, cloud-based RAN solutions, Nokia today, after weeks of building up to it, made clear its position on open RAN and its role as a global, incumbent...

Open RAN 101–Open RAN: Why, what, how, when? (Reader Forum)

History The entire telecom industry is going through a dramatic change that can be only compared to the change that data centers went through in the 2000s, all driven by Moore’s Law. This is driving the need to move from costly, proprietary RAN solutions to...

For Facebook Connectivity, success comes with scale

Facebook Connectivity VP discusses unlicensed use of 60 GHz, OpenRAN momentum A primary goal of Facebook the company is to get more people to use Facebook the social media platform--posting photos, engaging with friends and otherwise creating a monetizable data profile. One of the limiting...

Open RAN gets major boost with Vodafone announcing Europe-wide tender

Vodafone tender includes 14 countries, `100,000 wireless infrastructure sites Vodafone has tested open RAN technologies in parts of Turkey and South Africa and, in October, began testing the radio access network equipment in the United Kingdom. And, in a presentation this week at the Telecom...

Parallel Wireless: ‘We’re an underdog that’s becoming a unicorn’

As open RAN moves toward tipping point, how will the vendor dynamics shake out? LOS ANGELES--Major, multi-national operators, as well as numerous others in the telecoms business, have thrown their lots in with the open RAN movement. The idea is to use commoditized hardware to...

Operators focus on open RAN and transport at TIP Summit

Vodafone, Telefónica to pilot disaggregated RAN The broad goal of the Telecom Infra Project is to take the cost out of crucial network infrastructure by disaggregating hardware and software and moving functionality onto commercial-off-the-shelf hardware. By pushing open interoperability between vendors, along with the move...

Facebook’s Terragraph gains momentum with operator, vendor buy-in

Terragraph uses 60 GHz band for high-speed wireless As it continues to develop wireless network solutions via the Telecom Infra Project, Facebook is building momentum around its Terragraph solution. At the TIP Summit in London this week, it appears Terragraph is gaining momentum as operators...

Facebook Telecom Infra Project hones 5G focus

Underlying 5G tech including network slicing, virtualized RAN and end-to-end network slicing including included in TIP working groups Founded in 2016 by Facebook, the Telecom Infra Project consortium convened its annual summit this week in Santa Clara, Calif., and announced several new working groups that,...

Telecom Infra Project focuses on millimeter wave for dense networks

Millimeter Wave Networks Project Group eyes 60 GHz band SAN FRANCISCO--The Facebook-led Telecom Infra Project this week created a new working group dedicated to creating broad industry support for solutions that target high-frequency millimeter wave spectrum in the 60 GHz band. The Millimeter Wave Networks...

Will ‘limited innovation’ among 5G vendors slow deployment?

Equipment costs could be major roadblock to 5G, reinforcing need for commoditization and virutalization 5G promises to be many things--an enhanced mobile broadband experience, support for massive internet of things communications and mission critical services based on ultra high throughput and very low latency. But...

Facebook continues push into telecom with new Voyager solution

Design specifications for the 'white box' transponder and router contributed to Facebook Telecom Infra Project Building on its Open Compute Project initiative to provide the larger data center ecosystem with open design specifications for hardware, Facebook this week contributed designs for its Voyager transponder and router...

Facebook is testing OpenCellular wireless access platform

The goal of OpenCellular is to open source the hardware and software to provide low-cost connectivity Continuing to develop telecom-related solutions, Facebook this week unveiled its OpenCellular platform, a wireless access platform designed to work with 2G, 3G and LTE networks. The stated goal is...

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