More than 30 tech companies yesterday announced the formation of the Open RAN Policy Coalition, a group that will advocate for the development of interoperable components for cell towers.
Members are working to change the way cell tower radio access networks
(RANs) work, so that multiple vendors’ open tower radios, hardware, and
software can be used interchangeably, rather than requiring proprietary
products from one vendor. The group will work to influence governments
However, members believe the U.S. government, “has an important role to
play in facilitating and fostering an open, diverse and secure supply
chain for advanced wireless technologies, including 5G, such as by
funding research and development, and testing open and interoperable
networks and solutions, and incentivizing supply chain diversity.”
Members say such a process could help new companies enter the RAN market
by lowering existing barriers to entry.
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