The British multinational telco conglomerate with headquarters in Newbury, Berkshire and London, Vodafone Group Plc. said on Sunday, the 6th of October 2019, that the global telecommunication Goliath had been testing an innovative open-access radio technology in UK, the first of its kind for Europe, a multilateral move which may have loosen up the grips of Ericsson, Huawei and Nokia in Europe’s telco equipment market, suggested industry analysts.
In point of fact, the open-access radio technology, dubbed as OpenRAN, developed by a joint venture of Vodafone Group Plc. and US-based chipmaker Intel, went through a sweeping overhaul of the designs of hardware and software infrastructure, antennae and masts to make the entirely new radio access network, OpenRAN, which would be carrying mobile data and calls in the United Kingdom, a company executive said.
Aside from that, Vodafone, the seventh-largest telephone service provider by revenue, had also added in its Sunday’s (October 6th) announcement that it had tested its technology in South Africa and applied as a trial in Turkey to deliver 2G and 4G networks in both rural and urban territories, while the company had found out that the OpenRAN technology could enable customers to access data and to make calls at a much-cheaper cost.
On top of that, late on Sunday (October 6th), the Group Chief Executive, Nick Read had been quoted saying that the Vodafone Group Plc. was prepared to roll out its OpenRAN into Europe, as the world’s second-largest mobile network operator, Vodafone, had been seeking to expand its list of vendors.