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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 at present utilizing cloud RAN know-how from Nokia in its 5G community.

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

“We’re proud to be the primary community operator in Europe to make use of Nokia’s progressive Cloud RAN know-how 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 subsequent logical step in our journey to more and more transfer community features to the cloud. Cloud RAN presents us further alternatives by way of automation and adaptability in addition to accelerated roll-out of improvements.”

Tommi Uitto, president of cellular networks at Nokia, stated: “We imagine that the cellular entry community will develop into a hybrid community sooner or later, the place the traditional 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 strategy is much like the Open RAN idea, the place community operators not need to rely solely on methods 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 know-how with a longtime community gear supplier.

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

Following the preliminary check, O2 Telefónica and Nokia will consider the subsequent steps for the introduction of the cloud RAN know-how.

Telefónica Deutschland/O2 not too long ago stated its 5G community is working over 18,000 antennas within the nation.

The telco stated that this community infrastructure is enabling the supply of 5G companies to 75% of the German inhabitants. With this growth progress, the telecommunications supplier has exceeded its authentic goal of protecting half of the inhabitants with 5G know-how 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 at present specializing in the supply of 5G in rural areas throughout Germany by way of spectrum within the 700 MHz band.

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