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NEC and Spain's Telefonica to test Open RAN wireless

Partners aim to build 800 5G stations across four markets by 2022

NEC hopes its partnership with Telefonica will open up new business opportunities in Open RAN. (Photo by Shinya Sawai)

TOKYO -- Japanese tech group NEC and Spanish telecommunications provider Telefonica will conduct pre-commercial trials for an open-source wireless platform called Open Radio Access Networks in Spain, Germany, the U.K. and Brazil, the companies said Tuesday.

NEC will provide equipment and serve as the system integrator for the trials. Open RAN allows equipment and software from different vendors to communicate, meaning network operators do not have to rely on a single supplier and could slash costs.

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