NEC in open RAN alliance with supplier to TIM’s project
Japanese vendor NEC has formed an open RAN alliance with the Taiwanese company that is already supplying TIM’s project in Italy.
NEC said that is collaborating with Microelectronics Technology Inc (MTI), to work on open RAN systems for both 4G and 5G.
“NEC is an industry leader in open and disaggregated networks, demonstrating its capabilities in integrating end-to-end Open RAN solutions,” said Allen Yen, Chairman and CEO of MTI.
He said they would “jointly address the need for open, high performance, high quality 5G radio products”.
Last year MTI was named as one of the partners in NEC’s new open RAN laboratory in India, alongside Altiostar and GigaTera.
In April TIM said the MTI was one of the vendors to its open RAN project, with the Taiwanese company supplying baseband units for its initial site in Faenza, 50km south-west of Bologna.
The companies said this morning that the new strategic partnership is “intended to provide a broader open RAN product offering” for telcos, to enable “various use cases ranging from rural to urban areas, with network configurations and performance profiles”.
Under this agreement, NEC and MTI said they will jointly bring to market radio units to meet the increasing need for more open RAN radios.
“An open, disaggregated 5G network ecosystem promises to drive transformation throughout the industry,” said Shigeru Okuya, senior VP at NEC.
“With this firm and strategic partnership with MTI, NEC reinforces its commitment to accelerate commercial open RAN deployments and to deliver more value to its customers.”