Vodafone Tests New network Tech in UK in Challenge to ‘Big Three’ Suppliers

9 October 2019

Vodafone is testing innovative open access radio technology in Britain - a first for Europe - in a move that could break the grip Huawei, Ericsson and Nokia hold on the telco equipment market.

Chief Executive Nick Read said it was ready to fast track OpenRAN into Europe as it sought to expand its list of vendors. “OpenRAN improves the network economics enabling us to reach more people in rural communities and that supports our goal to build digital societies in which no one is left behind,” he said on Sunday.

Vodafone said it was working with companies including U.S.-based Parallel Wireless and Mavenir and UK-based Lime Microsystems on OpenRAN technology.

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