Nokia today has become the first major telecom equipment maker to commit to adding open interfaces in its products that will permit mobile operators to build networks that are not tied to a vendor.
The new technology, dubbed Open Radio Access Network (Open RAN), targets to reduce reliance on any one vendor by making every part of a telecom network interoperable and allowing operators to choose different suppliers for different components.
At present, Nokia, together with Ericsson and Huawei provides most of the equipment to build telecom networks and mobile operators can only pick one for each part of their network
As part of the implementation plan, Nokia is planning to deploy Open RAN interfaces in its baseband and radio units, a spokesman said. An initial set of Open RAN functionalities will become available this year, while the full suite of interfaces is expected to be available in 2021, the company said.
Nokia, unlike other vendors, had been promising to participate in the development of open RAN technology and have joined several industry alliances.
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