Key TCO considerations for economically viable Open RAN

04 May 2023 | Research

Gorkem Yigit

Strategy report | PPTX and PDF (20 slides) | Cloud Infrastructure Strategies| Next-Generation Wireless Networks

"Vendors and early movers must build CSP confidence with clear proofs of near-term TCO savings and a roadmap to bigger gains in the future."


Total cost of ownership (TCO) reduction is one of the most desired objectives for implementing Open RAN architecture, but at the same time, the most debated one. Operators are growing cautious about the operational and technology cost hurdles. They need guidance on how they can achieve the promised cost-savings.

Key questions answered in this report

  • Can Open RAN reduce capex and opex, compared to integrated RAN, in the first 3 years of roll-out, or will TCO gains be longer term?
  • What are the main enablers of a near-term TCO reduction case?
  • How far are these enablers in place, and what does the industry still need to do to deliver them and build MNO confidence?
  • What aspects of Open RAN will be the most challenging in TCO terms? Is it realistic to deploy Open RAN, and make near-term savings, even if aspects such as mMIMO remain expensive in the first phase?

Key steps the industry needs to take to realise the cost savings potential of Open RAN



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