The operator plans to have 2,500 OpenRAN sites by 2027.
British telco Vodafone has announced that it has switched on the UK’s first OpenRAN site to carry live 5G traffic. Vodafone says this is the first step in delivering OpenRAN at scale in the UK.
To celebrate the deployment of the site, the first 5G video call over OpenRAN infrastructure was made by Vodafone UK’s Chief Network Officer Andrea Dona to the Minister for Digital Infrastructure Julia Lopez on 11 January.
Julia Lopez said: “This phone call, the first in the UK to be made using 5G OpenRAN infrastructure, marks a big step forward for innovation in UK telecoms.
“OpenRAN will have an important role to play in the future of our mobile networks and I congratulate Vodafone for being the first to make it happen.
The site, which is located in Bath was delivered in partnership with Samsung, Wind River, Dell, Intel, Keysight Technologies and Capgemini Engineering.