Telefonica announces multi-vendor Open RAN collaboration

19 Mar 2020

Telefonica has announced ‘a strategic ecosystem collaboration’ with Altiostar, Gigatera Communications, Intel, Supermicro and Xilinx, to foster the development of Open RAN technologies to support its 4G and 5G networks. Via this collaboration, Telefonica says it will launch 4G and 5G Open RAN trials in UK, Germany, Spain and Brazil this year.

Telefonica explains: ‘Open RAN represents a paradigm change in network technology where radio baseband hardware is based on standard servers, interfaces between network equipment are open and standardised by the O-RAN Alliance, and the baseband software runs in the Telco Cloud by adopting the Automation and Zero-Touch capabilities that the NFV/SDN paradigm can bring.’