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NEC demonstrates OpenRAN trials in four countries

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NEC has announced it has successfully demonstrated OpenRAN capabilities for the Global Plugfest event at five of its venues.

Hosted by leading operators and the new windowTelecom Infra Project (TIP), the trial was aimed at demonstrating functionality and multi-vendor interoperability of OpenRAN-based network equipment.

Trials were held at Menlo Park, USA; Torino, Italy; Tokyo, Japan; and Seoul, South Korea.

Earlier this year, NEC became the first commercial provider of massive MIMO open Radio Units and its subsidiary Netcracker has participated in multiple PlugFest venues around the world this year.

Patrick Lopez, global VP of product management for 5G products at NEC said: "Multi-vendor, high performance Open RAN is crucial to demonstrate market maturity.

“In 2021, the industry demonstrated great progress, and we are proud to have the first and only massive MIMO O-RAN product, making NEC the world's leader.

“We will continue working closely with customers and market-leading partners to deliver a vibrant ecosystem of open, high quality and high-performance networks.”