Vodafone Starts OpenRAN trials in Africa

08 November 2019

Vodafone Group has started trials of open radio access networks (OpenRAN) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Mozambique.

The UK firm previously has undertaken trials of OpenRAN with JSE-listed subsidiary Vodacom Group in South Africa.

The technology is expected to reduce the cost of providing internet and voice services by setting a standard for the design and functionality of hardware and software in radio access networks.

This is expected to increase the number of companies that can supply different components.

Radio access networks comprise the infrastructure, masts and antennae which telecom operators use to carry mobile traffic.

“OpenRAN improves the network economics enabling us to reach more people in rural communities and that supports our goal to build digital societies in which no-one is left behind,” said chief executive officer Nick Read.