O2, NEC Conduct Open RAN Trial
February 01, 2021
and NEC conducted a successful Open RAN trial on O2’s network with NEC and its
ecosystem of partners that includes virtualised RAN software from Altiostar and
hardware from GigaTera Communications and Supermicro among others.
NEC helped to define a customised Open RAN architecture, optimised and adapted
to the requirements of the O2 mobile network. Given its role as the system
integrator for this trial, NEC coordinated the overall design of the system,
which delivered a solid end-to-end solution and was conducted in collaboration
with the aforementioned industry leaders.
NEC’s role includes end-to-end testing and interoperability verification by
leveraging its recently established Center of Excellence in the UK, which is
where the trial with O2 was conducted, running via O2’s core network.
trial builds on O2’s progress in developing Open RAN technologies over the past
12 months. In January 2020, O2 announced a range of Open RAN projects to help
its customers better utilise its network, and its parent company, Telefonica, is
playing an active role in Open RAN networks. Telefonica announced earlier last
year its intention to launch 4G and 5G Open RAN trials in Germany, Spain and
Brazil, as well as building on early success in the UK.
Derek McManus, COO of O2 said, “The partnership between NEC and O2 promises to
accelerate the provision and growth of Open RAN solutions in the UK. O2 will
continue to transform our network through collaboration and the optimisation of
new technologies such as Open RAN.”
Mayuko Tatewaki, General Manager, Service Provider Solutions Division, NEC
Corporation, said, “We are extremely excited to be driving this journey on the
home ground of our Open RAN Center of Excellence in the UK. Through close
collaboration with O2, we are honoured to contribute to the diversification and
innovation of network transformation.”