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India’s Sterlite invests in open vRAN start-up ASOCS

India’s Sterlite Technologies (STL) has taken a 12.8% stake in vRAN developer ASOCS via its Global Venture subsidiary. The two companies will work together to develop vRANs based on open specifications, to be deployed on COTS hardware. “Open RAN architecture and virtualization are key to building software-centric networks to meet the exploding demands of networks of tomorrow. The joint solution of STL and ASOCS will empower MNOs to build best-in-class networks and enable them to build vendor-neutral, autonomous mobile networks using 5G radio, SDN, NFV and AI technologies,” said STL’s group CEO, Anand Agarwal. The technology may play a part in a contract worth INR18bn ($253m), which STL recently won to deploy high speed rural broadband networks for Telangana Fiber…

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