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Digital Connectivity for Places Series | An Introduction to Open RAN

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  • Published by Crispin Moller on 25 Jul 2022
  • Last modified 21 Jul 2022
Catch up on the Digital Connectivity for Places Series

Learn more about what Open RAN is and how it relates to the deployment of 5G to places and regions. In this session we'll delve into all things Open RAN, breaking down this important movement and how it relates to 5G. We'll also explore the role of Open RAN in the broader UK digital connectivity strategy and outline what all of this means and the opportunities it offers for those trying to secure connectivity to their areas and communities. The event will include a panel session and Q&A with our experts.

This is a part of a series, designed to support local authorities, regional authorities and LEPs on their digital connectivity and infrastructure journeys. Watch the event below. 

Expect critical learnings, including the importance of Open RAN to the UK's telecoms diversification strategy (UK Government wants to see 35% of UK traffic over Open RAN sites by 2030); what the evolution towards flexible service-based network architectures may mean for places (less street clutter, reduced costs and a drive to more power efficient solutions); the opportunity for rural connectivity ("in contrast to what we normally see, it's the rural areas that will lead the charge on this"); and the critical role and value of the Digital Connectivity Infrastructure Accelerator ("providing tools and guidelines for local authorities to understand how best to accelerate the roll out of this infrastructure").

The event was chaired by Vicki DeBlasi, UK5G with speakers including Julie Bradford, Real Wireless; Tom Rumbelow, DCMS; Paul Clegg, DCMS; and Nick Wiggin, DCMS.