A consortium, which includes Dorset Council and Vodafone, will use Government funding to research ways OpenRAN can help bolster mobile connectivity in rural areas of the UK.
A consortium of partners, including Vodafone, has been awarded funding by the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT) to support the Dorset Open Network Ecosystem (DONE) project.
The Dorset Open Network Ecosystem (DONE) project is a £7 million initiative to explore how OpenRAN can help improve mobile connectivity in rural areas. Led by Dorset Council, the project will run until 2025.
The consortium will lean on Vodafone’s extensive experience in OpenRAN, as well as bringing in expertise from other partners including Strathclyde University, Neutral Networks, Telint, Kimcell, ARM, Keysight, Wildanet and Illuminate.
Andrea Dona, Chief Network Officer, Vodafone UK, said: “OpenRAN is already a key component of the Vodafone network strategy, and we are always open to exploring new ideas with partners.