As the telecom industry sees one of its periodic generational change from 4G to 5G, a new architectural framework is put in place, product of the evolution of technology, and actors strategic focus. With the emergence of cloud and IT in telco networks, naturally these topics are taking a large position in this evolution. Telco’s cloud implementations to date have been somewhat disappointing, due to the inability of the industry to force the traditional telecommunications vendors to adopt an open orchestration model. With 5G, the Radio Access Networks (RAN) have been undergoing a similar transformation but the industry expects a different outcome.
As much as many telco clouds implementation have been somewhat disappointing, due to the inability of the industry to force the traditional telecommunications vendors to adopt an open orchestration model, the Radio Access Networks (RAN) have been undergoing a similar transformation with a different outcome.
Based on the same premises that market pressures have forced telecommunications traditional vendors to oligopolistic consolidations, some operators have been trying to open up RAN value chain by forcing the implementation of a disaggregated model.
This report examines the trends that have presided to to the raise of xRAN, the first trials and deployments, RFPs and profiles the early leaders in that market space.
Published March 2020
30+ diagrams and illustrations
- Open RAN, centralized RAN, cloud RAN and v RAN technologies overview
- 5G RAN and xRAN
- World's first Open RAN RFI results and vendors ranking
- Companies mentioned: ATT, Deutsche Telecom, Telefonica, Vodafone, Acceleran, Assocs, Altiostar, Benetel, Ericsson, Fairwaves, Huawei, Mavenir, Nokia, Parallel Wireless, Radisys, Vanu, ...
- Prominent vendors profiles with products, deployments, differentiators
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