T-Mobile US Open to Open RAN [telecom]

By Dan Meyer

BARCELONA, Spain – T-Mobile US has been aggressive in rolling out new technology to support its rapidly expanding 5G network, but has so far not dipped its commercial toe into the open radio access network (RAN) space.

Neville Ray, president of technology at T-Mobile US, explained during a one-on-one interview at the MWC Barcelona 2023 event that the carrier’s lack of open RAN depth is due to timing. He explained that the technology lacked maturity when the carrier kicked off its expansive network upgrade program.

“For us, we didn’t go down on open RAN path when we made our big vendor decisions three years ago,” Ray said. “The pace and scale that we were moving on, features and capabilities we needed, the ecosystem just was not ready. And the O-RAN guys will tell you that.”

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