In a display of confidence in the OpenRAN ecosystem, Nokia (a traditional RAN vendor) is making a material commitment to the technology.
Vodafone and Nokia are expanding their existing partnership to run a 5G OpenRAN commercial pilot in Italy. While Nokia has been a long-term supplier across the Vodafone Group for many years, this is their first OpenRAN trial to take place on a live Vodafone network. The duo will also work alongside RedHat, Dell and Marvell to bring the pilot to life, while simultaneously demonstrating how OpenRAN can provide opportunities for new suppliers in the Vodafone business.
This is also a display of confidence in the OpenRAN ecosystem, with Nokia (a vendor of traditional Radio Access Network equipment) making a material commitment to the ecosystem.
OpenRAN is a new way of building mobile networks. Instead of using a single vendor for an entire site, OpenRAN creates interoperability rules for vendors to follow. Being compliant to these rules enables telcos like Vodafone to mix and match components from different vendors. Not only does this increase competition in the market, it also allows Vodafone to bring in specialist suppliers for specific parts of a mobile site.