Etisalat has launched the first-of-its-kind Open Virtual Radio Access Network (Open vRAN) technology in the MENA region. The technology will serve as the foundation of next-generation wireless infrastructure in both Africa and the Middle East.
Etisalat is a leading Mobile Network Operator (MNO) that operate in the Middle East and Africa. It launched the Open vRAN to further demonstrate its commitment towards technological advancement. Etisalat collaborated with Altiostar, NEC, Cisco and other vendors of vRAN technology to deploy the Open vRAN.
Open Virtual Radio Access Network (Open vRAN) is a combination of integrated equipment for network scalability enhancement. The RAN software element from the hardware is decoupled so that server platforms can process the RAN software. This results in the deployment of scalable and efficient networks. In a nutshell, Etisalat is transforming commercial off the shelf (COTS) hardware networks to software-based. The Open vRAN will be used to enable automation for Artificial Intelligence Algorithms.
The advantages of the Open vRAN include the quicker deployment of mobile networks, compared to traditional methods. Etisalat is ensuring network capacity augmentation and optimization within MENA. It plans to roll out Open vRAN across the MENA to achieve digital transformation and build the foundation for emerging technologies.
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