Telefónica will implement Open RAN in its four main markets | News | Operators

Telephone and NEC Corporation have announced an agreement to carry out pre-commercial testing of the Open Radio Access Network (Open RAN) in the four main markets of the operator: Spain, Germany, United Kingdom and Brazil.

The Spanish company is one of the main European operators that signed the Open RAN Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in January of this year, thus committing to the implementation and deployment of Open RAN solutions aimed at building more flexible, efficient and secure mobile networks in the era of 5G technology. Telefónica has the objective of achieve 50% growth of the radio network based on Open RAN in 2025.

Telefónica wants to achieve 50% growth of the radio network based on Open RAN in 2025

By virtue of this agreement, and after the success of the tests carried out in Telefónica Germany and the United Kingdom, NEC will act as lead integrator to implement and test multi-vendor-based Open RAN solutions in the four major telco markets. The objective is to reach a total of at least 800 sites for commercial use as of 2022.

The objective of this agreement is to reach a total of at least 800 sites for commercial use as of 2022

Open RAN solutions are comprised of an ecosystem of NEC’s own products, as well as software and hardware products from industry-leading partners. Radio Units (RU) open 5G massive MIMO (mMIMO) from the vendor, with advanced beamforming that will help significantly to increase / optimize the capacity of the network, they will be part of the ecosystem.

In addition, both companies will collaborate in the validation and implementation of cutting-edge Open RAN technologies, as well as in various use cases, in the newly created Technology and Automation Laboratory of Telefónica in Madrid. Use cases include those built on radio intelligent controllers (RICs) powered by Artificial Intelligence techniques for RAN optimization, service lifecycle automation based on service management and orchestration (SMO), automation of testing and deployment in accordance with Telefónica’s Continuous Integration / Continuous Deployment (CI / CD) framework, as well as optimization of energy savings.

Telefónica will implement Open RAN in its four main markets.

The NEC Global Open RAN Center of Excellence (CoE) in the UK will lead the integration and validation of the multi-vendor ecosystem and the joint development of innovative use cases with Telefónica, taking advantage of its accumulated experience.

“Open networks are undoubtedly the key to driving network evolution in the 5G era and to sustaining and fulfilling our mission to deliver quality experiences to our consumers and business customers,” he observes. Enrique Blanco, Chief Technology & Information Officer (CTIO) of Telefónica. “Thanks to our long-term commitment to NEC, we know first-hand their technological and practical competence, as well as their constant focus on putting the customer first, and we are confident that they are the right partners for this highly strategic initiative.”

“We are very honored to have been selected as a strategic partner for this challenging and innovative initiative by Telefónica, which promises enormous value and long-term innovation,” he says. Shigeru Okuya, Senior Vice President of NEC Corporation. “The accumulated experience of NEC and our network and information technology affiliate Netcracker constitutes a valuable asset in helping operators stay ahead in the co-creation and redesign of the next generation mobile networks needed in the it was 5G and beyond. “

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