British mobile network operator (MNO) Vodafone UK has begun the latest phase of its OpenRAN deployment strategy, installing the technology on 16 mobile masts in the Devon towns of Exmouth and Torquay. According to the MNO, the technology rollout will take place over the next three months and marks ‘the first time in Europe that OpenRAN will have been deployed in an urban environment, providing live connectivity services to all consumer and business customers’. As part of this undertaking, Vodafone UK said it had worked with Dell, Intel, Samsung, Wind River, and Capgemini.
Speaking on the matter, Vodafone UK’s Chief Network Officer, Andrea Dona, said: ‘Vodafone was one of the first companies worldwide to commit to OpenRAN at scale. The potential of OpenRAN is huge and clear to see. But to realise this potential, we need to deploy the technology out in the live network and take it from rural to urban locations … This is what we have now done – taking lab innovations into the real world and an essential step forward for the health and resilience of our industry.’