Vodafone, NEC, Altiostar trial voice call on Open RAN

Vodafone and NEC Europe, in partnership with Altiostar, have announced the first voice call
made on an open virtual Radio Access Network (Open RAN) on Vodafone’s mobile network in the Netherlands.
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Vodafone and NEC aim to integrate solutions of Open RAN technology vendors, such as Altiostar and various other radio vendors, including NEC’s 5G radio products, enabling Vodafone to transform its network to a software-based one suiting multiple deployment scenarios, Yogarajah Gopikrishna, general manager at NEC Europe, said.

Ruud Koeyvoets, Vodafone Mobile Networks’ Director, said: “The introduction of the technology enables us to introduce new suppliers, such as Altiostar, giving us greater flexibility when rolling out our mobile network.”