The telecommunications equipment supply market is evolving with the expected emergence of Open RAN offers alongside those of traditional vendors. Some governments and regulators are showing interest in these future offers, with the objective of further supporting a diversification of the telecommunications vendor supply chain. This trend originates from the technological capability to provide network functions through implementation of software functions running in the cloud and to provide open interfaces in addition to those already defined by 3GPP. It may provide for a more diverse supply ecosystem and is assumed to provide operators with more flexibility to implement innovation in their networks.
This section focuses on the major procurement announcements by mobile operators of which vendors have been selected for 5G roll outs, an overview of the recent Open RAN deployments and any impact this may have across the EU, in particular on growth of the wider vendor mix.