Vodafone Idea wants to avoid Nokia's duopoly in 5G

10. 12. 2021 Friday / By: Robert Denes / Business / Exact time: BST / Print this page

W ith O-RAN, companies do not have to depend on a single vendor to deploy the entire network space. O-RAN allows equipment or products from different companies and vendors to co-exist with multiple software vendors, reducing costs for companies at the end of the day.

Telecommunications operators can buy different equipment and products at the cheapest prices from different companies and suppliers with the help of O-RAN, so Vodafone Idea strives to avoid the duopoly of Ericsson and Nokia in 5G.

Vodafone Idea aims to avoid the duopoly of Ericsson and Nokia in 5G. The third-largest telecom company looks beyond the two manufacturers and talks to other local and international companies and suppliers about sourcing network equipment. This will help the telecom company not have to overpay Nokia and Ericsson for the equipment. Moreover, Vodafone Idea would be in a strong position to negotiate prices with the two companies (Nokia, Ericsson) if they have other options. A senior executive at Vodafone Idea has confirmed to ET that telco is looking for other ways to acquire 5G devices in addition to Nokia and Ericsson.

Open-RAN (O-RAN) based sites are a good way to reduce your company’s costs. Vodafone Idea has already installed O-RAN based commercial sites for 4G with the help of Mavenir in Maharashtra and Karnataka.

The company’s chief said Vi has initiated talks with global system integrators and vendors and is closely monitoring O-RAN developments in international markets. But O-RAN is not yet a fully-fledged technology and may take a few more years to be born.

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