At the Open RAN India 2022 International Conference held on June 16, 2022 at New Delhi K Rajaraman, Chairman DCC & Secretary-Telecom, Department of Telecommunications said that 5G rollout is expected to begin in August once the auctions are conducted in July.
“Every sector has an opportunity to drive new services, new products, and new experiences with 5G. For all this to happen, innovation on the edge has to be supported. Operators will have to evolve and transform to meet this increasing demand by evolving from closed and proprietary legacy architecture to open radio access network that offers interoperability and network flexibility at a lower cost,” he also said at the conference.
C-DoT is working toward developing an O-RAN test-bed. It has signed MoUs in four different formats.
“The technology means an expanded ecosystem with more vendors that will help usher in more innovations and more options for the operators. It also means more market propositions and increase in customer choices. Using OpenRAN architecture will also allow operators to opt for less expensive third-party products,” he added.