The United Kingdom announces a set of principles for the development of OpenRAN technology

during the event Open RAN WorldThe UK Minister for Digital Infrastructure, Julia Lopez, held in Berlin on Thursday (28), announced a set of principles that will be implemented in the development and deployment of Open Network Equipment, a movement that seeks to democratize mobile Internet access. Information from the British government.

According to the Ministry of Digital, Culture, Media and Sports, the principles will help ensure that any future investment in OpenRAN research and development (R&D) is directed properly to provide the taxpayer with the best value for money. “The document will serve as a guide for the industry to ensure that technology being developed and deployed in the UK works for the benefit of the British citizen and business,” the government said on the official website.

The release added that the principles come from the need for clarity about OpenRAN’s design features, such as adopting standards and demonstrating interoperability between components. This design will ensure that the promise of resilient and secure 5G networks, as well as innovative and competitive supply chains, are delivered in the long term.

The new open RAN technologies are expected to provide greater flexibility and cost-effectiveness to the communications infrastructure.

“With so much momentum behind OpenRAN, now is the time to define these principles so that industry and governments can take a common approach to developing and deploying this technology,” Julia said, noting the government’s commitment to delivering on its promise. To revolutionize the market and unleash a wave of innovation and competition in the field of communications.

Due to the technology support policies in this sector, the UK has become one of the best places in the world to invest in OpenRAN at the moment. The 5G diversification strategy, published in November 2020 and budgeted at £250m, says the government will remove barriers to new suppliers, invest in open technologies, and work with partner countries to achieve the common goal of secure communications supply chains. .

In December, the government announced a joint ambition with UK mobile operators to get 35% of mobile network traffic via open RAN by the end of the decade, as well as a series of investments worth more than €50 million. And innovative enterprises in the development of new solutions.

principles

To ensure that OpenRAN achieves these goals, the UK government has stated that industry and public bodies must adhere to the following principles:

1- Open detailing, allowing to obtain regional network elements from different vendors and implement them in new ways.

2- Standards-based compliance, allowing all vendors to test solutions against standards in an open and neutral environment.

3- Proven interoperability, ensuring that the classified elements work together as a fully functional system – at a minimum, compatible with the performance and security of existing solutions.

4- Impartiality of implementation, which allows suppliers to innovate and excel in the characteristics and performance of their products.

why does it matter?

Imagine an Internet that uses open technologies that are able to communicate and interact with each other, regardless of the access provider. This is the principle behind OpenRAN, a movement that seeks to democratize access to the digital world and, through the operational exchange of equipment – such as transmission towers and shared antennas – will represent a liberation from foreign giants in the sector.

One of the advantages of open financial systems. As the pool of alternatives grows and the competition in the tech race becomes fiercer, companies tend to spend less on service.

Although it is still in its infancy in Brazil, OpenRAN is a new and on the rise market in the world. “The OpenRan architecture is not yet ripe for widespread use,” says Anatel (the national communications agency). you players Estimate different maturity periods, generally two to five years,” the agency adds.

Anatel also expects financial benefits. In a preliminary report on the studies, the entity expects operators could save up to 30% in five years, the maximum time for open technology to be fully operational, according to the agency’s projections.

According to Erikson M. Scorsem, a lawyer with a PhD in Law from the University of São Paulo (University of São Paulo), consultant in regulatory communications law and author of “The Geopolitical Game of 5G: The US and China: Impact on Brazil‘, this step will help decentralize the Internet.

“The model is based on market self-regulation, not exactly on the position of one firm,” he explains. He adds that regulatory interventions by governments and regulators could bolster the movement, which emerged in 2017 specifically to democratize parts of telecommunications networks, so that it is not only operated by industry giants.

Traffic in the United States is growing the most, with regulatory incentives in place to commit to engineering radio access networks. This type of promotion can be the way for new competitions to emerge and thus reduce the influence of the giants in the sector.

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