First standalone Open RAN 5G pilot network in Israel

First standalone Open RAN 5G pilot network in Israel

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By Nick Flaherty

Cellcom Telecommunications Israel and Parallel Wireless are launching an experiment to deploy a cloud-based standalone 5th generation (5G SA) Open RAN network for autonomous 5G.

The pilot network will demonstrate the deployment of autonomous 5G SA core sites in Israel. This launch follows January’s direct announcements of Cellcom’s plans to establish a cloud-based 5G SA network.

Cellcom and Parallel Wireless will test out the Open RAN 5G technology in an open network architecture,  giving the company more flexibility in cellular network deployments while also providing smoother upgrades in the future.

The pilot will be based on the 5G SA technology, with an end-to-end Open RAN solution that will include demonstrations of RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC) as a smart management layer used for control and advanced performance optimization.

Most 5G networks are  based on 4G technology. The 5G SA standard allows for an independent network core for integrating and embedding IoT solutions in transportation, medical, agriculture, and other industries. The pilot, scheduled to conclude by the end of 2023, will incorporate advanced applications to improve network performance and efficiency,

“Cellcom continues to invest significant resources and efforts to lead the 5th generation revolution, whether by establishing suitable infrastructure, widespread deployment of sites throughout the country, exploring advanced technologies in the communications field in general and cellular in particular, and adapting them to market needs,” said Daniel Sapir, CEO of Cellcom.;


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