Diversifying Telecoms: The potential of Open RAN

Recent months have shown us how important resilient, high-quality telecoms networks are to our economic and social well-being.

The Government’s recent decision to remove Huawei from the UK’s 5G networks by 2027 was accompanied by the announcement of a three-pronged approach to diversification. This is to ensure that the UK is not left depending solely on the other two major telecoms vendors – Ericsson and Nokia – who can provide products from 2G to 5G.

A key element of the Government’s approach is investment in and deployment of Open RAN technology. Whilst Open RAN equipment is still sub-1% of global telecoms sales, this approach could allow the break-up of the traditional monolithic telecoms architecture into interoperable sub-systems, with different vendors providing differing parts of the system.

Not only could this dramatically improve the resilience of the UK’s vendor supply base and spur innovation, it could also open the way for the UK to lead in the development of this global trend.

This event will focus on:

  • The concept of Open RAN across 2G, 3G, 4G, and 5G.
  • The evolution of the technology with a focus on current global deployments
  • What can be done to drive take up Open RAN technology and the benefits that it can deliver.

Confirmed speakers are:

  • Attilio Zani, Executive Director - Telecoms Infrastructure Project
  • Dr. Virtyt Koshi, Senior Vice President and General Manager, EMEA - Mavenir 
  • Scott Petty, Chief Technology Officer - Vodafone UK
  • Wassim Chourbaji, Senior VP - Qualcomm
  • Simon Saunders, Director of Emerging Technology - Ofcom 
  • Dez O'Connor, 5G & Mobility Global Development - CISCO
  • Dimitra Simeonidou, Professor of High Performance Networks – University of Bristol (panel moderator)  

This is event is part of a series of techUK events on diversification in the UK telecoms sector. The second event later in the autumn will explore what is needed to introduce Open RAN into the UK market at scale. More speakers will be confirmed shortly and if you are interested in participating in this series of events please contact Matthew Evans below.

This event will take place virtually - joining details will be sent separately to your booking confirmation, nearer the start date.


  • Sophie James

    Sophie James

    Programme Manager | Communications Infrastructure and Services
    T 020 7331 2038
  • Jo O'Riordan

    Jo O'Riordan

    Head of Spectrum Policy and Telecoms
    T 020 7331 2191
  • Matthew Evans

    Matthew Evans

    Director | Markets
    T 020 7331 2034

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