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Telefonica Germany implements Nokia’s cloud RAN tech for 5G


Telefonica Germany stated it has been testing Nokia’s cloud RAN tech in Potsdam

German service O2 Telefónica, which is managed by Spanish telco Telefónica, stated it’s presently utilizing cloud RAN expertise from Nokia in its 5G community.

The telco famous that cloud RAN permits components of the radio entry community to be virtualized, which makes it potential to separate {hardware} and software program.

“We’re proud to be the primary community operator in Europe to make use of Nokia’s modern Cloud RAN expertise in our O2 5G Dwell community,” stated Mallik Rao, CTO at O2 Telefónica. “We’re already deploying it within the 5G core community. Virtualizing the RAN is the following logical step in our journey to more and more transfer community features to the cloud. Cloud RAN gives us further alternatives when it comes to automation and suppleness in addition to accelerated roll-out of improvements.”

Tommi Uitto, president of cell networks at Nokia, stated: “We imagine that the cell entry community will develop into a hybrid community sooner or later, the place the basic community structure will more and more be complemented by cloud RAN in densely populated areas or campus networks, for instance.”

By separating {hardware} and software program, telecommunications suppliers can more and more use standardized {hardware} sooner or later, the operator stated, including that this method is much like the Open RAN idea, the place community operators not should rely solely on programs from community gear suppliers, however can select between totally different cloud {hardware} suppliers.

O2 Telefónica additionally stated it has already been utilizing  O-RAN websites since 2020. With Nokia, O2 Telefónica is now additionally utilizing Cloud RAN expertise with a longtime community gear supplier.

The businesses have carried out and examined the expertise on the telco’s reside community as a part of their “Innovation Cluster” in Potsdam.

Following the preliminary take a look at, O2 Telefónica and Nokia will consider the following steps for the introduction of the cloud RAN expertise.

Telefónica Deutschland/O2 just lately stated its 5G community is working over 18,000 antennas within the nation.

The telco stated that this community infrastructure is enabling the availability of 5G companies to 75% of the German inhabitants. With this enlargement progress, the telecommunications supplier has exceeded its authentic goal of protecting half of the inhabitants with 5G expertise by the top of this yr.

By the top of July, Telefónica Deutschland/O2 had already deployed almost 6,000 5G antennas within the 3.6 GHz frequency. The telco stated that the three.6 GHz frequencies are used primarily in densely populated areas. Cities with the upper variety of 3.6 GHz stations embrace Berlin, Munich, Hamburg and Cologne.

The telco additionally stated it’s presently specializing in the availability of 5G in rural areas throughout Germany by way of spectrum within the 700 MHz band.

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