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Vodafone tests Open RAN in Saxony, plans live pilots from early 2023

26 Oct 2022

Vodafone Germany has successfully completed a field test with Open RAN technology in Plauen in the federal state of Saxony and is now taking the next step towards large-scale activation in Europe. The company announced that it will carry out comprehensive pilot projects for Open 5G RANs at several mobile radio locations in Germany. The first two stations for live operation of the operator-independent Open RAN technology are located in rural Bavaria near Arnstorf, and there will be more in Lower Saxony. The pilots are scheduled to start in early 2023 and mark the beginning of a broader deployment of Open RAN technology across Vodafone’s European mobile networks, including Germany. The pilot projects will use Open RAN hardware and software, which Vodafone successfully tested in the UK earlier this year. This includes mobile technology and software from Samsung. By 2030, Vodafone wants to equip 30% of all European locations with Open RAN.

‘Our pilot project will be one of the first Open RAN systems in Germany that uses open interfaces and is based on hardware and software from multiple providers that are fully interchangeable and interoperable,’ said Tanja Richter, Head of Network at Vodafone Germany, adding: ‘OpenRAN makes supply chains more resilient to outages and can help work with a greater number and variety of vendors. More competition fuels innovation and improves the customer experience.’

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