SCF voices concerns about 5G fragmentation without standards

Operators are looking for a radically different cost model for 5G networks, one that relies on interoperability and an open, competitive ecosystem. The Small Cell Forum (SCF) has today called for the cellular industry to adopt open air interface and networking standards to avoid fragmentation and ensure interoperability of equipment from different vendors. Furthermore, the second API being developed by SCF, namely 5G-FAPI, fills another important gap – by providing an internal interface between software layers (PHY & MAC) supplied by different vendors. Standardised, both of these interfaces are seen as critical to the success of 5G, resulting in interoperability and economies of scale of network equipment. Open specifications will enable operators to mix and match basebands and radios from different vendors, and realize the benefits of deploying disaggregated, virtualized RAN (vRAN) networks.

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