Vodafone recently introduced a new network sharing technology, but the company claims it to be an experimental work. The new tech aims to broaden the number of suppliers who can offer 4G access to remote areas of the UK. Vodafone collaborated with Intel, and the network’s system of OpenRAN is a project planned to release contemporary networking equipment from the clutches of a small group of companies. Vodafone hopes that with OpenRAN, the software and hardware in networking infrastructures can be standardized for the users (providers) to deliver data services to less populated areas. When the company launched its trial in the UK, it has also simultaneously expanded its partner vendors to increase flexibility.
The results of trials are promising, and Vodafone is ready to fast track OpenRAN into Europe as the company expands its vendor ecosystem. OpenRAN will drastically improve the network economies of the rural landscape, and the main motto is to make sure that no community is left behind in the digital society. The trails will run in 120 remote locations abroad and as well in the UK. The staggering infrastructure gap which exists in the UK can be addressed by expanding the network access.