O2 UK announces successful O-RAN tests

10 Dec 2020

British mobile network operator (MNO) O2 UK has successfully piloted the integration and operation of Vilicom’s Open RAN (O-RAN) infrastructure, it has announced. In a press release regarding the development, O2 UK said that it had enhanced indoor mobile connectivity for its business customers over Vilicom’s Connectivity-as-a-Service (CaaS) network platform. The company claims to be the first MNO to work with Vilicom to trial this technology and it reportedly plans to connect the pilot rollout to its live network next year.

Vilicom’s infrastructure is said to have been developed in partnership with Mavenir using its Cloud RAN technology ‘aligned to the JOTS Neutral Host In-Building connectivity model’, and unlike legacy solutions, is a fully digital business model. Meanwhile, it has been suggested that the CaaS network platform will streamline operations, rapidly reducing the cost and space requirements of inbuilding 4G and 5G public and private mobile connectivity for the UK’s industries and businesses. O2 UK’s business customers within the coverage area of Vilicom’s CaaS network are expected to benefit from an enhanced network service, including improved voice quality and data speeds.

Commenting, O2 UK’s CTO Brendan O’Reilly said: ‘Mobile connectivity is playing a vital role in rebuilding Britain and O-RAN technology presents an opportunity to provide better mobile coverage across the UK. We continue to invest in delivering the best possible network and are excited to be working with Vilicom to enhance indoor coverage for our business customers. O-RAN integrations such as this are an integral part of our commitment to deliver the best network experience for our customers, where they need it most.’

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