Indian telecom operators eye OpenRAN deployments

While Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio have confirmed their plans to trial OpenRAN technology with multiple vendors, Vodafone Idea has already done a small-scale commercial deployment in the country. Vishant Vora, chief technology officer at Vodafone Idea confirmed to Indian media that the telecom operator has been working on OpenRAN for 3 years and is now planning to accelerate the deployment. Vodafone Group is looking at bringing modern yet lower-cost kit in every site through OpenRAN vendors. Bharti Airtel is also a big believer in OpenRAN technology and is currently in talks with various vendors to trial the technology. He added that OpenRAN technology will help bring new vendors to the equipment ecosystem.

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