Sprint sees open interfaces as the route to 5G small cell innovation

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Ron Marquardt, Vice President Technology Development, Sprint

US telco Sprint is focused on 5G for its Open RAN testing and deployment ambitions, having already built out its 4G network, focused on small cell implementations. Whilst it is happy with its current equipment vendors are great, the telco wants to have as many avenues for innovation as possible. For this to work for Sprint, it needs its vendors, old and new, to open up some of the key interfaces – rather than looking to buy complete small cell solutions, which entails the construction of a full 3GPP stack, it would rather leverage open interfaces so that it can work with its existing vendors and new innovative companies to combine technologies and components. To help, Sprint has announced a new TIP Community Lab at its facilities in its headquarters in Kansas, specifically related to its activities in Open RAN 5G small cells.
Filmed at: TIP Summit, Amsterdam, November, 2019 

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