Myths are everywhere – and network technology is no exception. I’m Dr. Femi Adeyemi, Head of Wireless, here to bust four O-RAN myths in this open dialogue. Let’s get into it.
Myth number one: O-RAN performance is not good enough for dense urban environments.
The truth is, O-RAN is not just “good enough;” its level of performance is ideal for urban areas. O-RAN is performing well in one of the world’s most dense cities. In Tokyo, NTT Docomo’s Tokyo O-RAN network is achieving peak rates up to four gigabits per second.
Myth number two: O-RAN is too difficult to integrate.
While it is fair to say that early deployment took extra time at the integration end, the industry has learned and adapted a lot since then. Fujitsu’s playbook speeds integration with strong collaboration, continuous integration, continuous development, and rigorous lab testing. According to DISH Network, O-RAN’s integration takes a matter of weeks.
Myth number three: O-RAN is not secure.
In a closed network, operators must have blind trust that vendors have secured all interfaces. But O-RAN’s standard interface ensures that mobile operators or third-party security experts can verify components. With open interfaces, operators can also implement AI and automation across multiple vendors to tackle threats, and detect and react to attacks faster.
Myth number four: O-RAN is not ready for commercial deployment.
Far from being “not ready,” major operators are already running O-RAN networks in both greenfield and brownfield environments. In the US, DISH covers 20% of the population. In Japan, NTT Docomo’s O-RAN network combines 15 different radios from four different vendors, more than 13,000 base stations in total. Another example is Japanese mobile operator Rakuten, which reported capex reduction up to 40%, and opex reduction up to 30% using O-RAN.
Pioneering O-RAN technology from Fujitsu
Fujitsu is a technology pioneer in O-RAN. Our portfolio combines RUs, transport, vCU/DU, and end-to-end deployment and integration services.
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