O-RAN ALLIANCE Advances Towards Truly Open RAN, Delivers 'Bronze' Software and Expands O-RAN Virtual Exhibition

O-RAN ALLIANCE | July 06, 2020

The O-RAN ALLIANCE has continued its progress towards making the Radio Access Networks (RAN) truly open, intelligent, virtualized and fully interoperable. The O-RAN ALLIANCE welcomes TELUS Communications Inc. and U.S. Cellular as new operator members, bringing the total to 26 major carriers. O-RAN now has over 200 companies driving the definition and realization of O-RAN technology.

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Network Functions Virtualization lets operators replace expensive physical resources with flexible functions implemented in software, but the right NFV orchestration is critical.

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Network Functions Virtualization lets operators replace expensive physical resources with flexible functions implemented in software, but the right NFV orchestration is critical.

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