Sumary of NEC and Spain’s Telefonica to test Open RAN wireless:
- TOKYO — Japanese tech group NEC and Spanish telecommunications provider Telefonica will conduct pre-commercial trials for an open-source wireless platform called Open Radio Access Networks in Spain, Germany, the U.K. and Brazil, the companies said Tuesday.
- In its first multimarket foray into Open RAN, the Japanese company will use a U.K. research and development hub to integrate and validate the platform.
- NEC and Telefonica aim to set up at least 800 fifth-generation Open RAN bases by 2022.Open RAN has emerged as a hot topic in telecommunications, with U.K.-based Vodafone Group and other wireless operators planning to adopt the technology.
- Telefonica looks to reach 50% radio network growth based on Open RAN by 2025.But many other operators are hesitant to embrace the technology because of data security risks, a major concern in the industry.