Prysmian panel at OpenRAN 5G event
Historically, incumbent Radio Access Network (RAN) vendors supplied equipment to MNOs with proprietary hardware and interfaces, making interoperability among vendors impossible. As a result, MNOs would be locked in by OEMs, the pace of innovation is driven by vendors and not MNOs and RAN infrastructure CAPEX and OPEX becomes unsustainable, especially for 5G deployment and 4G enhancements. One solution is RAN disaggregation, basically running network functions on Off-the-Shelf servers, interoperating over open, well-defined interfaces.
The most notable RAN disaggregation initiative is OpenRAN, part of the Telecom Infra Project consortium launched by Facebook and backed by the world’s largest MNOs such as Vodafone, Telefonica and Deutsche Telekom. It is estimated that OpenRAN can deliver 25% overall cost improvement per radio site in a year. Prysmian will host a panel in its NExsT Telecoms Forum on April 2nd 2020 in Venice, with several protagonists of this revolution, discussing OpenRAN’s status and challenges.