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O2 successfully tests RAN technology from Vilicom

Saf Malik
December 10, 2020

Technology will “enhance indoor coverage for business customers” 

O2 has today announced it has successfully piloted the integration of Vilicom’s Open RAN infrastructure. 

The technology will enhance indoor mobile connectivity for O2 business customers over Vilicom’s Connectivity-as-a-Service (CaaS) network platform. 

O2 becomes the first mobile operator to work with Vilicom and trial this technology as part of plans to connect the pilot rollout to its live network next year. 

O-RAN is an open and software-defined network technology that allows operators to broaden their number of network infrastructure partners to facilitate a better and more cost-effective network service for customers. 

Vilicom’s infrastructure has been developed with Mavenir using its Cloud RAN technology aligned to JOTS Neutral Host In-Building connectivity model.

The CaaS network platform streamlines operations, rapidly reducing the cost and space requirements of inbuilding 4G and 5G public and private mobile connectivity for the UK’s industries and businesses.

O2 CTO Brendan O’Reilly commented: “Mobile connectivity is playing a vital role in rebuilding Britain and O-RAN technology presents an opportunity to provide better mobile coverage across the UK. 

“We continue to invest in delivering the best possible network and are excited to be working with Vilicom to enhance indoor coverage for our business customers. 

“O-RAN integrations such as this are an integral part of our commitment to deliver the best network experience for our customers, where they need it most.”  

Vilicom CEO Sean Keating added: Mobile Network Operators are and have been partners of Vilicom for the last 20-years. 

“We are excited to have successfully tested this service with O2 who will benefit from this product in several ways. Bringing connectivity to their customers of course is the main one, but also it will allow them to densify the deployment of network coverage and capacity, where it is most needed – indoors.”

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