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Do open network trends portend a coming technological split?

June 3, 2020

With the benefit of hindsight, the 5G New Radio standard was collaboratively developed by organizations like 3GPP with a broad goal of creating a single standard rather than rehashing GSM vs. CMDA or LTE and WiMax. But as technology becomes an increasingly pulled lever in larger machinations around trade, security and hegemony, what’s the long-term outlook for global technology standardization.

Let’s consider this in the context of open RAN. The idea is to foster interoperability between hardware and software vendors allowing disaggregation; from there, operators get choice, innovation flourishes, prices go down, and it’s great.

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