Vodafone has tested open RAN technologies in parts of Turkey and South Africa and, in October, began testing the radio access network equipment in the United Kingdom. And, in a presentation this week at the Telecom Infra Project Summit in Amsterdam, Voda’s Head of Network Strategy and Architecture Yago Tenorio said the operator would initiate a tender covering its entire European footprint, according to reports.
“Right now this is the biggest tender in this industry in the world,” Tenorio said, according to Mobile World Live. “It’s a really big opportunity for OpenRAN to scale. We are ready to swap out sites if we have to. Our ambition is to have modern, up to date, lower-cost kit in every site.”