Deutsche Telekom plans deployment of Open RAN across Europe

Deutsche Telekom announced that it will partner with Nokia, Fujitsu and Mavenir, among others, for initial commercial deployments of Open RAN across Europe.
Deutsche Telekom Open RANDeutsche Telekom has selected Nokia and Fujitsu as partners for open RAN introduction in Germany from 2023 onwards. Customers in the Neubrandenburg area will receive 2G, 4G and 5G services from the deployment in the ‘brownfield’ network environment of Telekom Deutschland.

In addition, Deutsche Telekom has selected Mavenir as partner for an initial multi-vendor deployment in DT’s European footprint starting in 2023.

“Open RAN is critical to Deutsche Telekom’s strategy to foster greater vendor diversity and accelerate customer focused innovation in the radio access network,” said Claudia Nemat, Board Member for Technology and Innovation. “We are committed to open RAN for future networks and as a catalyst to take Europe forward in the digital era.”

“Together with Nokia, Mavenir and other partners, we will use our collaboration as the springboard to accelerate open RAN development,” says Abdu Mudesir, Deutsche Telekom Group CTO & CTO Germany.

The sites at Neubrandenburg are built on a multi-vendor open RAN architecture with open fronthaul support and equipment from Nokia and Fujitsu. Nokia will deliver the baseband units. Nokia and Fujitsu will supply the O-RAN compliant remote Radio Units (O-RUs).

Mavenir will provide the Cloud-Native baseband software for the 4G and 5G distributed units (O-DU) and central units (O-CU), including for the open fronthaul based mMIMO radio units, for further deployments in the European footprint.