Telefonica Deutschland Unveils its Open RAN Targets

Telefonica Deutschland plans to up its use of open RAN in the country. The company outlined a goal to deploy the technology in 1,000 mobile phone sites after the start of rollout later this year.

Mattias Sauder, director access and transport networks at Telefonica, told Reuters that the operator plans to advance the conversion of its radio network to open RAN, aiming to equip the sites within 18 months of a deployment due to commence in the back half of this year. It also has designs on expanding its pilot to include all frequency ranges. Sauder added it would look to increase its base of partners to develop open RAN, stating it would also conduct tests with Nokia this year.

Telefonica has been a vocal backer of open RAN, claiming a market first at the end of 2020 with the deployment of the technology in a pilot across three sites in Bavaria. In September 2020, its Spain-based parent signed a partnership with Rakuten Mobile covering ecosystem developments, and it was also one of the first members of the O-RAN Alliance.

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