At O2, we are always excited by the potential of new technology to improve the network experience we provide to our customers. Today, we wanted to share with you what O-RAN technology is and the future potential it has.
Open Radio Access Networks (O-RAN) means working to a set of defined open RAN standards that define how different network components work together. This allows us to work with multiple vendors for network infrastructure – rather than being locked in with one provider.
O-RAN is enabling us to work with non-traditional partners including; DenseAir and WaveMobile, to introduce O-RAN solutions that will make building a network more cost effective. This will enable us to deliver better coverage to more places, such as rural areas with small populations and densely populated areas that require a large number of small cells.
O-RAN in action: WaveMobile has an active O-RAN that carries mobile traffic for us in several rural ‘not spots’ around the UK, where we haven’t been able to build traditional networks. WaveMobile do this by providing community based mobile services – where the community supplies the site, connectivity and power and they provide the spectrum, network and support. This is one way of building an O-RAN, which allows their customers to roam onto our network when they’re out of coverage and ours onto theirs.
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