Telefónica: Open RAN will not help in the next four years

Open RAN will not help network operators for the next three to four years. That said Telefónica Germany boss Markus Haas in conversation with Tagesspiegel Background, "It is a vision that will give us more options from 2025 onwards and could create suppliers in Europe for components for which there is as yet no market."

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Telefónica Deutschland wants to use the Open-RAN architecture in the mobile network and uses the experience that the group has gained in other countries. A company spokesman said in January 2020. "We have been in a cross-border and cross-company exchange on this for some time now, for example with the Telefónica Group, network equipment suppliers and experts." Telefónica Deutschland considers the Open-RAN architecture to be very interesting, since it basically opens up greater flexibility for the implementation of mobile radio networks and offers new possibilities for virtualization. Open RAN means virtualized network elements, white box hardware, open source software and standardized interfaces. Proprietary chips are to be largely avoided.

Haas is in favor of the Open-RAN standard because it is similar to buying a computer: "Since they can freely decide which operating system they want to install, regardless of the hardware, they have greater flexibility. This is also the case with mobile radio technology: A larger selection of individual components means more flexibility and ultimately more competition." The basis for this is an open, standardized platform. This would mean that the established suppliers Nokia, Ericsson, Samsung, Huawei and ZTE would lose their business model with proprietary technology.

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