Research Note

July 2021 MWC21: How open RAN stole the show

July 2021

Abstract

July 6, 2021

And as we published our vRAN and open RAN Market report and did 2 webinars on the topic during the week preceding MWC21, we were well prepared to discuss the state of the industry with the players, who like us, decided to have a physical presence at the event. It was fascinating to see how Parallel Wireless took Samsung’s spot facing what used to be Ericsson’s immense booth, now turned into a Telco Cloud City exhibition, in which Mavenir had a mini booth full of compelling demos. Well done, both Mavenir and Parallel Wireless boasted a strategic spot for both customer leads and prospects, and entertainment—Telco Cloud City featured live events every evening, including a Jon Bon Jovi performance. Only Altiostar did not have a booth but was represented by Thierry Maupilé, Chief Strategy & EVP Product Management, who hurried from planned to improvised meetings with CSPs. Make no mistake, Altiostar, Mavenir and Parallel Wireless were remarkably busy and reaped the full benefits of the event. In fact, many CSPs from all over Europe, the Middle East (e.g., Etisalat, STC) and Africa (e.g., pan African player MTN) made a last-minute decision to come to specifically discuss open RAN. Additionally Russia-based MTS showed up.

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