Category 5G

The Massive MIMO Question (technical)

I don’t want people to think I make a hobby out of trying to rain on the Open RAN parade. But I do have questions.

How is Open RAN going to compete?

All players in the business of wireless networks — network operators, and their hardware and software suppliers — have to have an opinion on Open Radio Access Networks, i.e. networks defined by the ORAN Alliance.

China Surprises

China of course has rapidly built out its 5G network and claims somewhere near 100m 5G subscribers, served by more than 250,000 new base-stations. And Huawei has been a big part of this.

So it must have come as a bit of a shock to the assembled executives and enthusiasts when the Executive Director described the 5G user experience in China in this way:

Essentials Ignored

For those in the business of mobile networks, “Open RAN” is the “next big thing”. But there are serious obstacles.