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Nokia and Vodafone have completed a successful end-to-end Open RAN trial on Vodafone Italy’s live 5G standalone network. This trial utilized Nokia’s AirScale Massive MIMO radios and baseband software on Dell PowerEdge XR8000 servers and Red Hat OpenShift, a hybrid cloud platform powered by Kubernetes, connected to Nokia’s standalone 5G core. Additionally, Nokia’s MantaRay Networks Management system was used to enhance network monitoring and management. This trial showcases the maturity of Nokia’s anyRAN approach, providing mobile operators and enterprises with greater network-building flexibility. Nokia’s support for Open Fronthaul features, integrated with its high-performance RAN software, ensures performance consistency with existing RAN. Nokia has collaborated with five open radio unit suppliers, demonstrating the openness and high performance of its AirScale O-RAN DU/CU. This solution offers operators enhanced flexibility, efficiency, and scalability. By integrating with Red Hat OpenShift, service providers can scale their 5G networks and introduce new services quickly. Vodafone aims…

The sale of Vodafone Spain to Zegona Communications has been finalized following approval from Spanish regulators. This landmark deal, valued at €5 billion, includes €4.1 billion in cash and €0.9 billion in redeemable preference shares. Initially announced last October, the transaction received regulatory approval earlier this month. Zegona hailed the deal as the “largest ever reverse takeover.”

Three UK revealed its quarterly financial performance this week, showcasing an increase in revenue and margin while reiterating its intent for a potential merger with competitor Vodafone.

The telecommunications company disclosed a notable 9% surge in both revenue, climbing to £664 million, and margin, reaching £424 million. This growth was attributed in part to a rise in its customer base, with active customers increasing by 3% overall and active contract customers by 6%.