Telekom switches on multi-vendor Open RAN in Neubrandenburg

29 Jun 2021

Deutsche Telekom (DT), which provides fixed and mobile services in Germany via its Telekom Deutschland unit, has switched on its ‘O-RAN Town’ deployment in Neubrandenburg. O-RAN Town is a multi-vendor Open RAN (O-RAN) network that will deliver Open RAN based 4G and 5G services across up to 25 sites. The first sites are now deployed and integrated into the live network of Telekom Deutschland. This includes Europe’s first integration of Massive MIMO radio units using O-RAN open fronthaul interfaces to connect to the virtualised RAN software.

DT states that Open RAN introduces supplier diversity to drive innovation and is expected to lead to an even more flexible, secure, energy efficient and customer-centric network. The first live sites at O-RAN Town are built on a multi-vendor Open RAN architecture with equipment from vendor partners Dell, Fujitsu, Intel, Mavenir, NEC and Supermicro. DT plans to expand O-RAN Town in phases across 2021 and 2022, working with different sets of vendors. These solutions are currently being tested in the lab to ensure interoperability across all components.

‘Open RAN is about increasing flexibility, choice and reinvigorating our industry to bring in innovation for the benefit our customers,’ stated Claudia Nemat, Board Member for Technology and Innovation at DT, adding: ‘Switching on our O-RAN Town including massive MIMO is a pivotal moment on our journey to drive the development of Open RAN as a competitive solution for macro deployment at scale. This is just the start. We will expand O-RAN Town over time with a diverse set of supplier partners to further develop our operational experience of high-performance multi-vendor open RAN.’