Are we ready to open the RAN?

Watch or listen to the Sparring Partners

Watch or listen to the Sparring Partners

Watch or listen to a Sparring Partners videocast in which Sean Kinney, RCR Wireless, Chris Nicoll, Nicoll Associates, and Monica Paolini, Senza Fili debated about O-RAN. Opening the RAN to multiple vendors, virtualized hardware, open fronthaul interfaces under a common open source approach as operators move to 5G is a compelling story. But will it happen? Or is it too good to be true?
In our discussion we addressed your questions and try to answer these questions:

  • What does it mean to ‘open the RAN’? How is O-RAN different from OpenRAN, virtual RAN, cloud RAN?
  • What works and what doesn’t in an open RAN deployment?
  • Why should we open the RAN? Why should we not open the RAN?
  • Where will open RAN be most successful? Which parts of the wireless footprint, which countries, which operators?
  • When will we see widespread open RAN deployment?
  • Who will benefit the most from open RAN? Vendors, operators, subscribers, enterprises?


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