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Is Telecom Industry Prepared to Adopt O-RAN?

As many companies have started following Open RAN, so NEC has taken a step further to improve its services.

Open RAN has become the hottest topic nowadays in the telecom sector. A news report has mentioned that 57% of telecom stakeholders or executives feel that Open RAN will be ready for widespread deployment alongside 5G within the next two years.

5G in 2022Open RAN is a kind of partnership between the equipment makers and the telecom. Open RAN is a major achievement for enterprises interested in private 5G and LTE. The main issue in the acceptance of wireless networks is cost. Open RAN is the only option that can change the equation enough to let more organizations consider such networks.

As many companies have started following O-RAN, so NEC has taken a step further to improve its services. The company has acquired Aspire Technology Unlimited Company (Aspire Technology) to improve the capacity to deliver End-to-End Open RAN ecosystems, along with system design and integration for legacy networks, to operators globally.

NEC is a global leader in O-RAN. NEC Open Networks is an industry-leading ecosystem consisting of an end-to-end suite of open products and solutions, including Open RAN components for disaggregated hardware and software, xHaul transport, converged core, automation/ orchestration software and SI services. The addition of Aspire Technology strengthens NEC’s SI offering for Open RAN 5G applications, which require an increased level of systems design and integration when compared with legacy ecosystems.

Aspire Technology works with leading operators, vendors and other SI companies across the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Aspire Technology has been an advocate for O-RAN from the outset and has built an Open Networks Lab enabling partners to fast-track development, integration and testing of Open Networks.

Naohisa Matsuda, General Manager of NEC’s 5G Strategy and Business said, “NEC has made a strong, public commitment to providing leadership in the rollout of O-RAN. Part of that commitment is building out our ability to serve as the prime system integrator for global operators as they adopt Open Networks at their own pace. The SI business is all about people and expertise. The strong capabilities and the deep pool of talented engineers at Aspire Technology, combined with their portfolio of technology solutions and applications, is a big step forward for our NEC Open Networks strategy. NEC is now better prepared than any supplier to integrate disaggregated network components into a well-tuned ecosystem.”

Bill Walsh, Aspire Technology’s Founder and CEO said, “We believe the combination of NEC and Aspire Technology will provide tremendous benefits to our customers, both legacy network-based and those evolving to the more Open environment, and also to the broader 5G and Open RAN marketplace, which is growing rapidly. We share a common vision of the 5G and O-RAN market, and a history of delivering complex integration projects with some of the largest carriers in the world. Together, we create a compelling and comprehensive 5G solutions portfolio.”


Nitisha Dubey

I am a Journalist with a post graduate degree in Journalism & Mass Communication. I love reading non-fiction books, exploring different destinations and varieties of cuisines. Biographies and historical movies are few favourites.

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