The rollout of OpenRAN across Wales and the south west is another part of Vodafone’s constant efforts to improve its UK network.
Vodafone has completed the testing phases of its OpenRAN programme and is now installing the technology across its network in South West England and Wales.
For the last several years, Vodafone has been working with the industry to ensure OpenRAN is a viable alternative to traditional technologies for building mobile masts. This has included numerous lab experiments and live network trials in both rural and urban scenarios. Each phase of testing was progressively more demanding.
The latest test in Exeter and Torquay, known as the Golden Cluster, was a 16-site installation to test the technology in a wide-geographical area encompassing urban, suburban and rural locations. It also tested OpenRAN against a variety of different consumer and business use cases, as the technology would support all mobile communications in any given area, not just smartphones.