Major ecosystem players made key open RAN announcements at MWC Las Vegas last week. Rakuten Symphony (Rakuten’s open RAN technology platform) announced a new partnership with AWS and a suite of innovative open RAN tools. Meanwhile, Qualcomm announced that its open RAN chipsets are already being trialled by operators and expects these to be ready to run on commercial open RAN networks in 2023; NEC has opened an innovation hub for open RAN in North America and launched an open RAN software suite; and Mavenir announced it has started to produce open RAN radio equipment in India.
Open RAN brings the potential to mix and match components across different vendors, opening the market for a larger number of ecosystem providers to offer solutions and innovate. The range and variety of announcements last week reflect how at least part of that objective is already being achieved, with industry vendors from very different parts of the mobile ecosystem betting on open RAN solutions and making them available to the market.