As per industry sources, Vodafone, NEC Europe, and Altiostar have jointly conducted the first voice call on an open radio access network (Open RAN) on Vodafone’s network in the Netherlands.

Open RAN technology allows the disaggregation of hardware from software and enables the creation of an open ecosystem that can support multiple vendors.

Going forward, Vodafone and NEC are planning to integrate solutions of Open RAN technology vendors such as Altiostar and other radio vendors, including NEC’s own 5G radio products. The duo will use commercial off the shelf (COTS) hardware from third-parties to enable Vodafone to transform its network to a software-based one.