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Vodafone promises 100,000 OpenRAN sites in shake-up to ecosystem

The Telecom Infra Project (TIP) is a broad church in terms of membership, but increasingly, its key commercially focused activities look dominated by traditional mobile operators. That has a certain irony, considering TIP was founded by Facebook, whose messaging and social platforms have helped decimate MNOs’ SMS business and push the rewards of mobile revenue growth from telcos to over-the-top players. It is very valuable to TIP’s progress and credibility that Vodafone, Telefonica, MTN and others are conducting field trials and discussing commercial roll-outs. But it is important to the bigger goals of TIP that its operator base, as well as its vendor ecosystem, remains diversified. Otherwise, the risk is that traditional telcos will use the initiative to drive a…

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