Thursday, 27 January 2022

Orange talks European tech sovereignty at Open RAN lab launch

by Harry Baldock, Total Telecom
Thursday 11 November 21

Orange CTIO Michael Trabbia said the technology would help create a “strong vendor ecosystem” in Europe, helping to overcome the continent’s technical reliance on the US and China

Europe’s major operators' growing interest in Open RAN technology has been clear for quite some time now.    At the start of the year, TIM, Orange, Vodafone, Telefonica, and Vodafone signed a Memorandum of Understanding, vowing to collaborate to develop the new technology, from creating unified standards to testing solutions. Since then, various operators, have launched their own Open RAN-focussed laboratories across the continent, offering vendor partners the opportunity to test the interoperability of their RAN technology.   Now, Orange has done the same, launching their Open RAN Integration Center in Paris, France, hoping to provide the perfect testing ground for the wider European vendor ecosystem.   The launch itself, which saw reporters invited to take a peek inside the new facility…

Europe’s major operators' growing interest in Open RAN technology has been clear for quite some time now.    At the start of the year, TIM, Orange, Vodafone, Telefonica, and Vodafone signed a Memorandum of Understanding, vowing to collaborate to develop the new technology, from creating unified standards to testing solutions. Since then, various operators, have launched their own Open RAN-focussed laboratories across the continent, offering vendor partners the opportunity to test the interoperability of their RAN technology.   Now, Orange has done the same, launching their Open RAN Integration Center in Paris, France, hoping to provide the perfect testing ground for the wider European vendor ecosystem.   The launch itself, which saw reporters invited to take a peek inside the new facility…

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