Vodafone Group Plc - VODAFONE SUPPLIERS AND RURAL INTERNET ACCESS
VODAFONE PIONEERS INNOVATIVE NETWORK TECH TO INCREASE SUPPLIERS AND EXTEND RURAL INTERNET ACCESS
· Developing 'Open Radio Access Networks' (OpenRAN) will enable Vodafone and the telecom industry to:
- introduce a wave of new 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G technology vendors - in addition to the existing market leaders - improving supply chain resilience;
- connect more of the world's most rural communities to the internet using standardised, lower cost network equipment; and
- enhance coverage in cities, e.g. using Vodafone's Open CrowdCell 'small cell' technology.
· Vodafone will trial OpenRAN for the first time in a developed market - the
· Vodafone also launches OpenRAN trials in
The global supply of telecom network equipment has become concentrated in a small handful of companies over the past few years. More choice of suppliers will safeguard the delivery of services to all mobile customers, increase flexibility and innovation and, crucially, can help address some of the cost challenges that are holding back the delivery of internet services to rural communities and remote places across the world.
Vodafone has initiated the first European trials of OpenRAN in the
Vodafone has already undertaken lab trials of OpenRAN with Vodacom South Africa, and in
Vodafone has started working with a number of new vendors supplying OpenRAN technology including US companies,
Since 2017, Vodafone has been leading work on creating new approaches to building and deploying telecom network infrastructure with other telecom and technology companies within industry association
The Radio Access Network (RAN) is the infrastructure, masts and antennae that telecom operators use to carry mobile traffic. OpenRAN is a technology that reduces the cost of providing internet and voice services by standardising the design and functionality of the hardware and software in the RAN, increasing the number of companies that can supply different components.
The OpenRAN approach has been in development for several years and is based in part on work Vodafone did to develop a 'small cell' technology for cities called Open CrowdCell, which is in use in
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1. Vodafone's trials in the DRC and
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