In a keynote session today at 5G World, Baker provided an update on the development of virtualized and open RAN, describing the potential for a major shakeup in the vendor landscape on the back of open interfaces, platforms, and ecosystems.
“I think it’s one of the biggest changes that’s really going to come out in the 5G world,” Baker said. “Open RAN really is the ability to change the vendor ecosystem. What we’ve seen is a whole bunch of vendor lock-in that has really happened through the standardization processes. Openness is now starting to appear in the industry, which I think is going to bring a lot of new innovation and new vendors into this marketplace.”