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Qualcomm as the ‘engine’ of Open RAN base stations

Open RAN is having a big impact on the telecom space with major operators around the world embracing disaggregation of radio access network (RAN) hardware and software. The idea is to give operators more vendor options by opening up radio interfaces making RAN interoperability possible; this could also reduce RAN-related costs and drive competition in an ecosystem largely dominated by three companies.

Speaking last week during a keynote for IFA, Qualcomm President Cristiano Amon discussed the company’s role in Open RAN–he said modern networks are becoming more “virtual, modular and interoperable. Cellular infrastructure is evolving to become more open, innovative and competitive.”

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