VodafoneZiggo makes call on virtual Open RAN

20 Oct 2020

VodafoneZiggo, NEC Europe and Altiostar have jointly announced a successful voice call made on an open virtual Radio Access Network (Open RAN) on the Vodafone Netherlands mobile network. A press release said: ‘Open RAN technology is the foundation of next-generation wireless infrastructure driven by innovation and open standards.’ Vodafone Mobile Networks Director Ruud Koeyvoets added: ‘The introduction of the technology enables us to introduce new suppliers, such as Altiostar, giving us greater flexibility when rolling out our mobile network.

During the course of the ongoing trial, Vodafone and NEC intend to integrate solutions of leading Open RAN technology vendors, such as Altiostar and various other radio vendors, including NEC’s own 5G radio products, using commercial off the shelf (COTS) hardware from third parties, enabling Vodafone to transform its network to a software-based one suiting multiple deployment scenarios.

Netherlands, Altiostar, NEC, VodafoneZiggo