vRAN: the high-level implications for OSS

14 April 2020 | Research

Strategy report | PPTX and PDF (8 slides) | Automated Assurance| Service Design and Orchestration

"Mobile operators that want to deploy vRAN technology will need to reassess their conventional OSS to make them fit for purpose." 

Analysys Mason estimates that virtualised radio access network (vRAN) technology will account for around 20% of the total addressable RAN market by 2025. Mobile network operators (MNOs) are working with organisations such as the O-RAN Alliance and the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) to define open alternatives to the vendor-specific RAN implementations.

This report provides:

  • an overview of the context in which vRAN evolution is taking place, the proposed vRAN architecture and its complexities, and why vRAN requires a new approach to operations OSS approach
  • an explanation of the implications that vRAN has for OSS, particularly in terms of network engineering, assurance and orchestration
  • recommendations for vendors on how they can take advantage of the business opportunities offered by vRAN
  • a brief commentary on the type of vendors that will win vRAN domain orchestration deals.


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