Aramco Digital & Intel to set up 1st Open RAN center in Saudi Arabia

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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Aramco Digital and Intel have announced their intention to establish the Kingdom’s first open radio access networks (Open RAN) center, which is expected to contribute to driving innovation, promoting technological progress, and contributing to the Saudi digital transformation process.

Their cooperation is bound to accelerate the development and application of Open RAN technologies, which will boost the Kingdom’s endeavor to establish a robust and flexible telecommunications infrastructure focused on accelerating digital transformation across various industries and fulfilling the Saudi Vision 2030, which envisages technological progress and economic diversification.

Open RAN, a sophisticated model of radio network structure allows for greater flexibility, interoperability, and innovation.

According to the statement, “Digital Aramco will provide deep knowledge of the Kingdom’s development needs and aspirations, and opportunities for the application of Open RAN technology, along with a unique perspective on the Kingdom’s economic landscape, while Intel, a leader in computing and communications technologies, will offer its expertise in Open RAN technologies.”

The top areas of collaboration between the two companies include the innovation center, which aims to develop an Open RAN to be the focus of innovation and promote collaboration between engineers of Aramco Digital and Intel, as well as researchers and industry experts.

The center also seeks to contribute to the development of local competencies by providing training and practical expertise in Open RAN technology and in rapidly evolving edge computing technology through which data is collected and processed, as per the statement.

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