The deployment will take place in the Northamptonshire region.
Open RAN allows operators to mix and match components and software from different suppliers in their towers and base stations. This may boost competition and innovation and could speed of 5G rollout.
The operator made the announcement at Mobile World Congress 2022 in Barcelona.
The operator plans to have 2,500 OpenRAN sites by 2027.
The announcement came in a joint statement from the country’s mobile operators and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport.
Five of Europe’s biggest operators have released a report which calls on policymakers, EU Member States, and industry stakeholders to collaborate and urgently prioritise Open Radio Access Network (Open RAN).
A new innovation lab called i14y will be opened in Germany with the support of the Federal Government.
Nokia has resumed its technical contribution to the O-RAN alliance after the group announced assurances its work complied with US regulation.
Telefonica and NEC have announced the launch of an Open-RAN live pilot in four global markets.
Nokia has informed the O-RAN alliance that it is suspending technical work in the group, due to fears over US penalties.