Madrid, September 14 (Europe Press) –
Telefónica and NEC Corporation on Tuesday announced an agreement to conduct pre-commercial testing of Open RAN in Telefónica’s four main markets: Spain, Germany, the United Kingdom and Brazil.
The Spanish operator, a pioneer in the adoption of open networks, is one of the major European operators that signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for ‘Open RAN’ in January of this year, thus committing to implementing and deploying solutions from ‘Open RAN’ aimed at building mobile networks. More flexible, efficient, and secure” in the era of 5G technology, explained.
The company aims to achieve 50% growth in the radio network on an “Open RAN” basis by 2025.
Under this agreement, and after successful testing in Telefónica Germany and the UK, NEC will act as a leading systems integrator to implement and test multi-vendor-based Open RAN solutions across Telefónica’s four major markets. The goal is to have at least 800 sites for commercial use by 2022.
In addition, Telefónica and NEC will collaborate in the validation and implementation of cutting-edge “Open RAN” technologies, as well as in different use cases, at the recently established Telefónica Technology and Automation Laboratory in Madrid.
NEC’s Global Open RAN Center of Excellence (CoE) in the UK will lead the integration and validation of the multi-vendor ecosystem and the co-development of innovative use cases with Telefónica.
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