BT Group has announced details of a trial with Nokia in the UK city of Hull where it will install the Finnish vendor’s Intelligent Controller (RIC) for Open RAN across a number of sites, to optimise performance for customers of its mobile subsidiary EE.
In a press release regarding the development, BT claimed the trial ‘underlined its ongoing commitment to the development and deployment of Open RAN technology’. Additionally, BT also plans to open a dedicated Open RAN Innovation Centre at its Adastral Park facility later this year. It claimed this will provide opportunities for large and small vendors to develop and prove their equipment and provide a platform for open architecture progress across all network elements.
Commenting, Neil McRae, Chief Architect at BT, said: ‘Our Open RAN trial with Nokia is one of many investments we are making to boost the performance of our market-leading 4G and 5G EE network and deliver an even better service to our customers. Our high performance, high efficiency radio access equipment, provided by the major global vendors, has enabled us to roll out 4G and now 5G at scale, with the confidence that our customers will get the best network experience possible.’