Against Huawei: US government tries unsuccessfully to push 5G Open RAN

The Pentagon urges U.S. corporations to work together on open 5G technology to create a U.S. alternative to China's Huawei. Like the British Financial Times reports, want Lisa Porter, responsible for research and development in the Ministry of Defense, the use of Open RAN. Open Radio Access Networks is intended to enable operators to buy commercially available hardware from a number of suppliers instead of special systems from network suppliers. They also asked Oracle and Cisco if they would consider entering the market, but were rejected by both.

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Porter told the Financial Times: "The nice thing about our country is that we allow the market to choose the winners."

Leading US government officials have considered payments to Huawei and European rivals Nokia and Ericsson, as no US company can manufacture RAN. While U.S. officials want to provide tax breaks for the development of this Open RAN, some industry leaders in an interview with the Financial Times expressed concerns that certain products would benefit from those that would not be ready in time for the 5G rollout.

In an interview with, industry experts assumed that Open RAN is not yet usable today. You don't expect this until the mid-2020s or later. The energy efficiency of Open RAN in particular is causing problems. The use is rather possible in small cells, but not with Massive MIMO, where special chips are used.

According to Deutsche Telekom, which belongs to the O-RAN Alliance like many other network operators, means Open RAN virtualized network elements, white box hardware and standardized interfaces. AT&T, China Mobile, NTT DoCoMo and Orange are also part of the O-RAN Alliance. Vodafone expressly supports the approach.

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