Hutch together with its infrastructure partner looking to further reduce cost of GB data

Hutchison Telecommunications Lanka (Private) Limited (“Hutch”) and its infrastructure partner edotco Services Lanka (Private) Limited (edotco) have launched an Open-RAN trial in order to further reduce the ‘cost of GB data’, and thereby passing the cost benefit to its customers. The trial Open-RAN site was deployed at Polatthapitya in the Kurunegala District.

Traditional mobile radio networks were supplied by a single vendor in a region or specific technology such as 3G or 4G. Both the hardware and software had to be procured from the same vendor as ‘closed proprietary system” limiting vendor choices and negotiating power.

‘Open Radio Access Network’, commonly known as O-RAN or OPEN-RAN is a concept which promotes the separation of mobile radio network hardware and software and thereby has the potential to improve network flexibility and reduce cost by being able to introduce separate and multiple vendors into the network. O-RAN, one of the latest technologies being developed by many global telecom giants, promises lower overall cost structures to deploy 4G and future 5G services.

The trial will be carried out using edotco’s multi-purpose- lamp- pole site, which is a small-cell antennae enabled telecommunication infrastructure known to facilitate seamless connectivity at both urban and rural settings. Edotco currently operates a solid infrastructure network of 500 multi-purpose lamp pole sites.

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