The next-generation radio access network: Open and virtualized RANs are the future of mobile networks
- Because MNOs must replace or augment existing RAN (radio access network) equipment to deliver 5G service, they have the opportunity to adopt open and virtualized RAN architectures—which we will refer to simply as“open RAN”—as part of these deployments.
- The open RAN market is still in its early days. We estimate that there are currently 35 active open RAN deployments across the globe, many of which involve MNOs testing open RAN in greenfield, rural, and emerging markets. Although deployments are starting slowly, they could easily double in 2021.
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