OpenRAN: The Key to Future-Proofing Our 5G Networks

10 September 2020

AUTHORED BY: John Baker

Last week, the Federal Communications Commission released its assessment of just how much it will cost to rip and replace banned Chinese equipment out of U.S. communications networks: $1.84 billion.

This staggering figure is nearly double what Congress initially planned in its passage of the Secure and Trusted Telecommunications Networks Act, which requires U.S. telecom companies to rid Huawei and ZTE hardware from their networks. But while it’s up to Congress to determine how much money to appropriate for companies updating their infrastructure, there’s something the FCC can do by itself to make sure this arduous undertaking isn’t needed again: Explicitly allow and encourage affected carriers to follow OpenRAN principles of open interfaces and network element interoperability as they update their networks.

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John Baker
John Baker is the Senior Vice President of Business Development at Mavenir. A veteran of the mobile industry, board member for 5G Americas, and sought-after industry speaker, John Baker leads the Business Development team at Mavenir, intent on disrupting the market by transforming operator network economics.

A visionary and driving force behind Mavenir’s business strategy, John is at the forefront of the company’s drive to change operator views on wireless infrastructure deployment—promoting a software-focused approach to innovation, with no ties to supporting legacy hardware.

Prior to joining Mavenir, John held senior positions with leading wireless companies, including:

• GM Mobility Infrastructure at Spirent Communications
• VP & GM Network Solutions at CommScope
• VP & GM Base Stations at Nokia
• VP of Technology and Chief Technology Officer at Pacific Bell Mobile Services

John also contributed significantly in the development of the GSM standards. He graduated with an Honors Degree in Electrical Electronic Engineering from Loughborough University in Leicestershire, UK. John is frequently quoted in major wireless industry publications including Wireless Week, Fierce Wireless, Light Reading, SDX Central, RCR Wireless and Mobile World Live.