Vodafone Group Plc - VODAFONE JOINS OPEN RAN POLICY COALITION
VODAFONE JOINS OPEN RAN POLICY COALITION
TO ADVANCE VENDOR DIVERSITY IN GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAINS
Vodafone has become a founder member of the
Past generations of mobile networks were deployed using fully integrated cell sites, where the radios, hardware and software were provided by a single manufacturer as a closed system. Now the industry is working towards open RAN standards and technical specifications that define open interfaces between the radios, hardware and software so that networks can be deployed using multiple vendors.
Vodafone has been a leading advocate for open RAN approaches as part of the industry association, the
"The lack of supplier diversity for network equipment lies at the heart of the concerns over the resilience and security of critical national infrastructure. Vodafone is focused on expanding our supply chain options through engaging with open RAN vendors and encouraging newer network providers, to ensure the optimal balance across suppliers. Our industry leading trials of open RAN have underlined that this is the most promising route to advance niche suppliers, to supplement the large vendors, especially for radio equipment and software."
"Vodafone has devoted significant efforts for many years to reverse the trend of concentration in suppliers. Open RAN innovation offers the best available option to achieve this objective within a reasonable timeframe. Through the
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