Sparring Partners | Vendor perspectives on open RAN
A conversation with Aji Ed at Nokia, John Baker at Mavenir, Geoff Hollingworth at Rakuten Symphony and Monica Paolini at Senza Fili
Recent announcements by AT&T, 1&1 and Deutsche Telekom indicate an inflection point in the readiness for open RAN commercial deployments, but also an emerging new approach in vendor selection.
In this Sparring Partners, I talked to John Baker at Mavenir, Geoff Hollingworth at Rakuten Symphony and Aji Ed at Nokia about how vendors approach disaggregation in the open RAN market today and how they expect that vendor selection will evolve in the future in the overall RAN market.
Topics we covered:
01:23 Introduction: Vendors’ perspective instead of operator’s perspective as the topic of the Sparring Partners 03:31 Debaters introduce themselves 05:00 How many vendors should there be in an open RAN deployment, brownfield/greenfield operators 06:41 Change can be difficult, but the path to open RAN is clear; long-term growth in wireless 09:26 Interoperability, specs, choices, disaggregation, ecosystem 14:54 Open RAN beyond the RAN 15:54 Supply chain in open RAN 21:50 Fragmentation risks, opportunities for new, smaller vendors 25:50 Chipset choices, performance, profitability 29:12 Commercialization, flexibility, power efficiency, operators driving open RAN 32:28 Cultural change, risk adversity, pace of transformation 34:07 AI, cloud, mindset 37:01 System integration and management; Wi-Fi and 5G; outsourcing 45:11 Accountability, protecting the network, addressing operators’ requirements 50:22 Certification, profitability 53:24 Timeline for large commercial deployments; questioning assumptions and results in market forecasts on open RAN 57:48 Competitiveness 59:27 Flexibility and different use cases
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