Several CXOs from the telecom industry discussed their plans and shared their challenges in the emerging era of Open RAN – at the Open RAN India 2022 event in New Delhi.
“India is one of the most data-intensive regions. The cloud is onboarding and this paradigm shift will pave the way for the next innovation of Open RAN primarily, for customers, service providers and networks,” said Shyam Mardikar, Group Chief Technology Officer – Mobility, Reliance Jio.
Shyam Mardikar was speaking during the second edition of Open RAN India 2022 event in New Delhi.
The OPEN RAN market is expected to surpass $32 billion by 2030 with a growth rate of 42% for a forecast period between 2022 and 2030.
Open RAN is expected to approach 15% of total RAN by 2026, says Stefan Pongratz of Dell’Oro Group.
“It’s time to break the tight networks. With 5G spectra soon to be auctioned, Open RAN can be very instrumental. We must all capitalize on this crucial moment in the history of telecom innovation and move forward,” said Rajat Mukarji, Managing Director of the Broadband India Forum.
“It is a long journey where the union of competence, innovation and interoperability will play a significant role in the success of Open RAN in India,” said Saurabh Mittal, Head-Network Infra Products R&D , Bharti Airtel.
Mobile operators will need to evolve and transform to meet growing demand by moving from closed, proprietary legacy architecture to open radio access networks that provide interoperability and network flexibility at lower cost, K Rajaraman, President (DCC) and Secretary (T), Department of Telecommunications (DoT), Govt. of India, said.
“Hardware and software disaggregation and cloudification in the RAN portion of the network with open interfaces would give CSPs the choice to deploy the best solutions from different vendors to reduce total cost of ownership, protect their investment and improve user experience using machine learning and advanced analytics-based applications for radio network optimization,” said Narendra Rawat, Vice President of Technology, India & South Asia Region, Mfuture.
Wind River understands how to meet the complex service provider challenges of deploying and managing a physically distributed cloud-native infrastructure.
“Wind River Studio, which is a commercially deployed version of the StarlingX open-source project, is a proven solution as it forms the basis for virtual and Open RAN deployments at Verizon, Vodafone, Elisa, KDDI, NTT Docomo and more on the way. ,” Paul Miller, chief technology officer, Wind River, said.
“The crucial elements of Open RAN are the RU, DU and CU functions. They are the vectors of innovation and at the same time they highlight the image of Open RAN with all its challenges and skills,” said Aayush Bhatnagar, Senior Vice President of Reliance Jio.
“We need to leverage open interfaces, web-scale virtualization and containerization to support various deployment scenarios, including private, hybrid and public cloud, which are the key components of Open RAN,” Charles Santhosam, associate vice president of RAN System Engineering, told Mavenir.
“Skills deployment is crucial in Open RAN. The O-RAN Alliance is committed to further innovate radio access networks (RAN) built on virtualized network elements, white box hardware and standardized interfaces with the fundamental principles of openness and intelligence in mind,” said Gil Hellmann, vice president of Telco Solutions Engineering. & Architecture, Wind River, said.
“Open RAN has captured the attention of the telecommunications industry with global benefits. But simply disaggregating RAN software from purpose-built hardware isn’t going to help. There are cloud-native RAN workload and lifecycle management considerations. The automation or SMO part is key,” said Arif Khan, CEO and Founder of Coredge.io.
“OpenRAN has many advantages in the enterprise telecommunications market, including infrastructure reconfigurability, flexibility, scalability, frequent and early deployments, increased network durability, and Capex/Opex efficiency,” said Chitwan Arora, Systems Design Engineer, Hughes Systique.