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Telus, Samsung claim Canada’s first 5G vRAN, O-RAN network

Canadian operator Telus and Samsung Electronics announced that they will build what they say will be Canada’s first commercial virtualized and Open RAN (O-RAN) network.

The companies said they are expanding their collaboration from greenfield to brownfield deployments.

The partners also noted that this deployment will be the first truly virtualized O-RAN deployment within a brownfield network environment.

With O-RAN, Telus said it will be able to use components from different manufacturers, while a virtualized radio access network (vRAN) allows the use of software instead of hardware.

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