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How are operators thinking about Open RAN integration?

August 8, 2022

One of the animating conceits of Open RAN as a technology set and what’s often characterized as a “movement,” is enabling operators to mix-and-match hardware and software from multiple vendors into a radio system optimized for a particular deployment scenario. Offsetting that is one of the major recurring questions Open RAN faces: how do you reaggregate something once you’ve disaggregated it. To answer that question, a range of system integration models have emerged with, in some cases, operators leading their own effort, hiring a specialized system integrator—think 1&1’s engagement with Rakuten Mobile, and companies with long pedigrees in enterprise IT system integration pivoting to address a nascent telecom opportunity.

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