Telefonica, NEC to collaborate on pre-commercial Open RAN trials in core markets

15 Sep 2021

Telefonica and NEC Corporation have entered into an agreement to conduct pre-commercial Open RAN trials in the Madrid-based group’s four core global markets: Spain, Germany, the UK and Brazil. Following successful trials in Germany and the UK, NEC will now serve as the prime system integrator to implement and conduct trials of multi-vendor-based Open RAN solutions in the aforementioned markets. Telefonica hopes to scale to a total of at least 800 sites for commercial use starting in 2022 and has set a target of reaching 50% radio network growth based on Open RAN by 2025.