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Open networks: TIP’s microwave project and Docomo’s ORAN radio

Telecom Infra Project (TIP) and the ORAN Alliance are two of the most prominent organizations which are seeking to disrupt the mobile network supply chain with open architectures and interfaces. Both have announced new developments in the past week, TIP with a new project group focused on more compact, power-efficient microwave solutions; ORAN with a win at NTT Docomo. The new group announced by TIP – which was initiated by Facebook to bring commodity hardware and cloud economics to the telecoms network, and now has significant MNO support – is called OpenBox Microwave. It aims to define specifications and reference designs for a single box integrating both access router and microwave backhaul technology, which would reduce cost and power compared…

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