Excitement Building for vRAN and OpenRAN in 2020

We’re into the new year and it has been a great start for Altiostar and open vRANs in general. In many ways, 2019 was a watershed year for vRAN technology and deployments and saw vRAN technology being utilized in 4G/LTE networks across the globe as well as in early 5G and IoT deployments.

The highest profile vRAN deployment in 2019 was Rakuten in Japan, who built a nationwide evergreen mobile network using vRAN. Altiostar has been their choice for vRAN from the very start.

2019 set the stage for the technology to really take off in 2020. Here are some trends and announcements from the industry and from Altiostar that portend a great year ahead:

GSMA predicts open source networking boost – Based on supply chain security concerns, the United States Senate introduced legislation early this year that could result in the FCC providing upwards of $1 billion “to help develop western-based alternative vendor technologies” with $750 million reserved for open architecture, like OpenRAN.

European Carriers to Build Out OpenRAN –The Telecom Infra Project first announced the OpenRAN Project Group in 2017 to develop fully programmable RAN solutions. 2020 will see several network build outs of OpenRAN networks across the continent. Telefonica invested in Altiostar and embarked on a strategic partnership to accelerate the movement to next-generation wireless networks. All of these initiatives are underway now, with news expected throughout the year.

System Integrators – Last month we announced a collaboration NEC Corporation (NEC) to add a top system integrator to the Altiostar’s ecosystem and also adds closer collaboration with NEC’s Netcracker orchestration business. This joint collaboration has already been successful in key commercial deployments and will help build the confidence for operators in open RAN technologies

Open vRAN debuts in MENA – Open vRAN technology made its debut in the MENA region last month when Etisalat announced last month it had partnered with Altiostar, NEC and Cisco and it became the first operator in the region to do so.

We’re excited for what’s to come for vRAN in 2020 and how the technology and market will continue to evolve.