DOCOMO to deploy 4G/5G multi-vendor RAN, claims world first

18 Sep 2019

In a press release, Japan’s NTT DOCOMO has announced that in collaboration with Fujitsu, NEC Corp and Nokia, it has successfully achieved multi-vendor interoperability across a range of 4G and 5G base station equipment compatible with the international standards of the Open Radio Access Network (O-RAN) Alliance. Claiming world first in terms of the ‘realisation of this level of multi-vendor interoperability in 4G and 5G base station equipment conforming to O-RAN specifications’, the cellco’s statement goes on to point out that ‘O-RAN standards include fronthaul specifications and X2 profile specifications’. DOCOMO will deploy the equipment in the pre-commercial 5G service it plans to launch on 20 September 2019, concurrent to which the operator plans to expand 5G coverage by combining 5G networks with existing 4G networks using equipment from diverse vendors.

Japan, Fujitsu, NEC, Nokia, NTT DOCOMO