GUEST OPINION: 2021 saw the service provider ecosystem flourish in tough environments. Open RAN has evolved more than ever; the global 5G market has risen dramatically, creating low latency and enhanced security that give enterprises the power to implement breakthrough applications and increased AI/ML capabilities; and demand for infrastructure that powers 5G, IoT and UHD has continued to rise.
Picocom, the 5G Open RAN baseband semiconductor and software specialist, announced the introduction of its PC802 SoC (system on chip). The company’s flexible, low power device empowers the innovation of a new breed of 5G NR open small cell products.
Samsung Electronics announced the company is one of the first vendors to participate in the opening of Orange's Open RAN Integration Center in Paris. In the centre, the two companies will collaborate to disaggregate the hardware and software elements of traditional RAN. Samsung's virtualised RAN (vRAN) will be used in the centre. Samsung's vRAN has been proven in the field through commercial deployments with global Tier one operators, the company says.
Ericsson launched its Intelligent Automation Platform, a service management and orchestration product which enables any mobile network to be intelligently automated.
NEC Europe has tapped technology company Keysight to develop an advanced radio frequency (RF) propagation environment for verifying the performance of open radio access network (RAN) base stations equipped with multiple-input multiple-input output (Mimo) technology.
The five European operators have signed a memorandum of understanding MoU to set their technical priorities to "guide and foster the development of non-fragmented Open RAN ecosystem and vendors' roadmaps while ensuring Open RAN reaches parity with best-in-class traditional RAN solutions".
Rakuten Symphony, Intel and Juniper Networks introduce next generation distributed RAN and transport solution to further simplify Open RAN deployments at scale.
Dell Technologies introduces new telecom software, solutions and services to help communications service providers (CSPs) accelerate their open, cloud-native network deployments and create new revenue opportunities at the edge.
Telefónica and NEC Corporation announced that they have entered an agreement to conduct Open Radio Access Network (Open RAN) pre-commercial trials in Telefonica’s four core global markets: Spain, Germany, the UK and Brazil.
GUEST OPINION: While the rapid advance of 5G communications delivers comprehensive benefits for communication service providers (CSPs), the new technology also presents challenges in security and cost.
NEC and Mavenir announced that they have jointly collaborated in a live 5G Open RAN massive MIMO deployment as part of Deutsche Telekom's initiative, "O-RAN Town".
Qualcomm announced its second-generation 5G RAN Platform for Small Cells (FSM200xx), in what it says is the industry’s first 3GPP Release 16 5G Open RAN platform.
NEC and Microelectronics Technology Inc (MTI), a network RF solutions provider, announced a collaboration to enhance the Open RAN ecosystem with a variety of radio options to cater to global 4G and 5G markets.
NEC announced the joint development of RAN Intelligent Controllers (RIC) with NTT DOCOMO, INC. (DOCOMO) in support of intelligent Radio Access Networks (RAN). The two companies are aiming to reduce RAN operational costs, improve performance, and reduce power consumption through the use of RIC.
Japan's biggest mobile phone operator,Rakuten Mobile and NEC have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to promote open radio access networks (Open RAN) in global mobile telecommunications markets.
A survey of the open RAN radios available from both established and new markets has found that there are still significant challenges for the vendors before they gained traction in the market.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise's HPE Open RAN Solution Stack is said to enable the commercial deployment of Open RAN at scale in global 5G networks.
An exclusive global license agreement has been signed covering RAN technology, expertise and commercial deployment commitment to advance shift toward Open RAN, 5G and cloud-native networks.
The British Government says it will pump £1.6 million (A$2.9 million) into Japanese firm NEC to support a project to develop an open radio access network for 5G.
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