Nokia selected for SoftBank and KDDI’s shared 5G RAN

14 Oct 2021

Japanese mobile operators SoftBank Corp and KDDI (au) have selected Nokia of Finland to deploy a shared radio access network (RAN) across the country. In a press release the vendor noted that the rollout will enable the operators to deliver 5G services to their customers in Japan. Under the plan, Nokia will install a Multi-Operator Radio Access Network (MORAN), which will allow SoftBank and KDDI to share the RAN component, while keeping core networks separate. ‘Network sharing helps support efficient RAN deployments as base station sites and infrastructure (equipment) are shared,’ it said. The gear maker is supplying its latest AirScale products including baseband and radio platforms, noting that MORAN is ‘triple mode and covers LTE, 5G as well as Dynamic Spectrum Sharing’. Utilising modular AirScale baseband will reportedly enable SoftBank and KDDI to scale capacity flexibly and efficiently and as their 5G businesses evolve.

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