To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether the 5G Supply Chain Diversification Strategy anticipates that OPenRAN will overcome the dominance of full service suppliers within the 5G supply chain.
11 January 2021
The Government is committed to increasing choice, competition and resilience in the telecoms supply market. Central to this is the promotion of interoperable solutions - through open-interface deployment methods such as OpenRAN . The Government’s long-term vision is to make open interfaces the standard so that network operators have the flexibility to use multiple suppliers throughout their network, rather than being over-reliant on one or two. We want to see existing scale suppliers enter the market as well as the emergence of new suppliers. We are talking to a range of suppliers and are open to all new potential entrants that support our long-term vision of an open market.