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Introduction

Open RAN promises a more efficient and flexible radio network architecture by using open interfaces to create vendor interoperability between the radio and base band unit.

Highlights

  • Incumbent operators that are trialing open RAN, of which there are a number, will more probably look to deploy the technology in a limited way

Features and Benefits

  • Discover how open RAN is expected to impact vendors, the rollout of 5G, and the market for RAN equipment.
  • Understand how work on open RAN is progressing, who is trialing it, and which industry initiatives and standards bodies are helping to define the standards.

Key questions answered

  • How have the prospects for open RAN changed over the last two years?
  • What are the major vendors’ strategies for open RAN and who are their competitors?

Table of contents

Summary

  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key findings

Market background

  • 5G threatens a shake-up in the RAN market
  • Radio access evolution and open RAN

Open RAN market dynamics

  • NEPs cannot ignore open RAN
  • Open RAN vendors see their opportunity
  • Open RAN standards and initiatives
  • Greenfield operators will lead the way
  • Other operator trials
  • Prospects for open RAN

Appendix

  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author