Telefonica launches 4G and 5G Open RAN tests

Published: 18 March 2020 - 12:45 p.m.

Spanish telecoms giant, Telefonica, has signed agreements with Altiostar, Gigatera Communications, Intel, Supermicro and Xilinx to launch a series of 4G and 5G Open RAN trials.

Through this collaboration, Telefonica will launch Open RAN trials in the UK, Spain, Germany and Brazil later this year.

"Telefónica is known for its leading-edge network and has been championing open vRAN implementations to bring greater network service agility and flexibility,” said Pierre Kahhale, Altiostar vice president of field operations.

“By bringing together the best-of-breed innovation, Telefonica is looking to achieve this vision into their network. We look forward to supporting this transformation of Telefonica’s network,” he added.

Openness of the network to Third-Party MEC applications will be the bedrock upon which a variety of rich 5G services, like Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), Online Gaming, Connected Car, or Industrial Internet of Things (IoT), will be built.

“Edge-computing applications running in the Telco cloud can benefit from the strong capillarity of the access network, hence tailoring the service behaviour to the instantaneous user conditions as well as the status of the live network,” a Telefonica spokesman said in a statement to the press.

The collaboration will focus on research into distributed units and remote radio units. Research and development into Open RAN solutions will ultimately help to drive down the cost of deploying 5G for operators around the world, giving them greater flexibility to mix and match products from different vendors.

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