MTN Group will increase its footprint throughout Africa by launching an deploying more OpenRAN sites. an innovative innovation that will certainly enable them to release brand-new services more quickly, cost-effectively, supporting their strategy called, Passion 2025: Leading digital options for Africa’s progress.
MTN strategy’s to modernise its RAN byutilizing OpenRAN. This remains in line with one of five vital enablers of its strategy: to construct technology systems that are unrivaled, thereby allowing for the fast development of 4G as well as 5G population coverage across markets.
With up-to-date modern technology, MTN anticipates a reduction in its power consumption and also involved carbon emissions. This, consequently, supports its strategies to decarbonise the network as well as achieve net no emissions by 2040.
OpenRAN enables the disaggregation of software and hardware elements of a network, enabling telcos to develop a network utilizing elements with the same specs as well as scale from a varied base of suppliers. A turbulent trend which is getting popularity as the industry looks for to promote an open as well as interoperable ecosystem between various suppliers.
MTN intends to roll this out by the end of 2021 in collaboration with its partners Altiostar, Mavenir, Identical Wireless, TechMahindra, and Voyage .
As an early adopter, MTN initially presented open-source technology in 2019 to enhance country rural coverage. To day, they have deployed over 1,100 sites in more than 11 nations and being amongst the leaders of open-source adoption. By using OpenRAN, MTN targets further innovation and cost efficiencies.