This vendor lock-in is a particular hindrance to continuous expansion and optimization options, since the components in the closed mobile communications architecture are characterized by vendor-specific interfaces and functions. The integration of non-proprietary hardware or software components is not possible without further ado. Integrating a new mobile communications standard would require a major hardware replacement or rebuild.
The use of so-called Open-RAN architectures is the solution to this comptability problem, because Open-RAN separates the hardware from the software in a software-defined approach. The overlapping use of white-box hardware and software solutions from different suppliers is possible. Operators who choose mobile network elements with standard interfaces can avoid being stuck with one vendor’s proprietary hardware and software. Thus, the new Open RAN standards aim to open the boundaries of the mobile market and minimize the restrictions for users.
We at COCUS also make use of the Open-RAN approach and provide our customers with the 5G Campus network from COCUS with flexible and dynamic solutions that are “future-proof”. In order to guarantee the highest quality standards, we have entered into a partnership with the American telecommunications company Airspan Networks and have successfully certified our Packet Core with the Arispan. We use the Airspan Open-RAN solution for a modular approach so that the respective mobile radio components can be deployed flexibly and permanently. This means that new, innovative technology can also be quickly implemented in existing systems without the need for costly retrofits or replacement of components. The goal is to quickly integrate future mobile communications standards, such as 6G, into existing Open RAN-based systems. This saves time, money and nerves!