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KDDI launches World’s First 5G Standalone Open RAN Site Powered by vRAN in Japan

By ET Bureau - February 21, 2022 1 Mins Read

KDDI launches Worlds First 5G Standalone Open RAN Site Powered by vRAN in Japan-01

Japan’s leading computer giant, KDDI, said on Friday it launched the world’s first 5G standalone open radio access network (Open RAN) in Japan.

The network, now located in the town of Kawasaki in Kanagawa Prefecture, is powered by Samsung’s central visual units as well as distributed units as well as Fujitsu’s large MIMO radio units.

Samsung’s baseband and Fujitsu’s large MIMO radio units are connected to an open interface, says communications giant. KDDI said the use of virtualisation and Open RAN technologies, which use software that can operate on commercial off-the-shelf servers to replace previously hardware elements, will bring flexibility and agility to its network with deployment being more cost-effective.

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