Dell Technologies and Vodafone will collaborate to develop commercial Open Radio Access Network (O-RAN) network in Europe, giving European companies and communities additional broadband access. To assist Vodafone increase connectivity across Europe, Vodafone has chosen Dell Technologies to supply the network’s open architecture base.

Vodafone will install Dell EMC PowerEdge servers at base stations, with an initial focus on the UK’s 2,500 sites. Vodafone will employ ruggedized servers to enable Open RAN applications and meet the demands of data-intensive workloads at the edge, which are designed to flourish in hard conditions and at high temperatures.

“Open and standardized networks will power innovation and new revenue opportunities for the telecommunications industry and businesses of all kinds,” said Dennis Hoffman, senior vice president and general manager, Dell Technologies Telecom Systems Business. “We’re applying our decades of experience in open standards and digital transformation to help Vodafone accelerate its network deployment and deliver new levels of innovation that can only come from an open ecosystem.”

Open-RAN Compute Requirements

Photo Dennis Hoffman, senior vice president and general manager, Dell Technologies Telecom Systems Business
“Open and standardized networks will power innovation and new revenue opportunities for the telecommunications industry and businesses of all kinds,” said Dennis Hoffman, senior vice president and general manager, Dell Technologies Telecom Systems Business.

Vodafone will be future-proofed using Dell systems for next-generation Open-RAN compute requirements, which would increase capacity and throughput.

“Open RAN provides huge advantages for customers and communities though a diverse and open vendor ecosystem,” said Francisco Martin, head of Open RAN, Vodafone. “Partnering with Dell Technologies gives us a platform for innovation and the ability to further extend connectivity, bringing new opportunities to industries and communities alike.”

Dell Technologies is developing infrastructure solutions, services, and an open ecosystem of partners with the goal of assisting communications service providers in modernizing their networks, unlocking creativity, and generating new income streams.

Vodafone is a leading telecommunications company in Europe and Africa. They operate mobile and fixed networks in 21 countries and partner with mobile networks in 49 more.

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