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Open source software and the emergence of new players are helping to define a more flexible and open RAN architecture, but established RAN vendors are not yet engaging with these new paradigms.


  • Traditional RAN vendors appear to be holding back from engaging in open source initiatives in the RAN space, motivated by the need to protect their investments in technologies and IP.

Features and Benefits

  • Assess the impact of open source on the RAN market and understand who are the key players including webscale providers and ICPs.
  • Examine how far traditional RAN vendors are prepared to go in adopting new open source approaches and software-based solutions

Key questions answered

  • What are the implications of adopting open source and IT-market principles for the RAN market?
  • What are the key initiatives and partnerships addressing these new RAN architectures?

Table of contents


  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key findings

Background to open source

  • Opening up the RAN: challenges and opportunities

Vendor landscape

  • Traditional RAN vendors’ open source strategies
  • Open source RAN vendors
  • Collaborations between RAN players and service providers
  • Open source and standardization
  • The market opportunity for open source RAN


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author

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