Vodafone, a telecommunications company in the UK, is planning to break up its biggest competitors over there by utilizing a new radio technology.

The project is called OpenRAN and is the result of a collaboration between Intel and Vodafone, the latter being the second-largest mobile operator in the world, according to Reuters. Its big competitors in the UK, Ericsson, Nokia, and Huawei, are who they’re trying to break up.

OpenRAN’s website reads that it’s looking to build networks on 2G, 3G, and 4G speeds and deliver that network to places all over, rural or otherwise. This way, citizens on the Vodafone network can access the internet, make calls, and send text messages in spaces they previously wouldn’t have been able to.

The network has already been in testing in both Turkey and South Africa, and it is ready for expansion into the European market.

Widespread internet access is a problem across the world. While urban areas tend to have more reliable connections to the web, more rural spaces struggle to find a solid connection. This can be difficult for many who like to work remotely or who rely on the internet for their day-to-day lives, as many do. Vodafone is doing what it can to improve on that situation.

Interestingly, as Reuters reports, Huawei, a China-based company and one of the dominating conglomerates in the United Kingdom, is banned in the United States for a multitude of reasons. The biggest reason being that the US has accused Huawei of using their technology to listen in on conversations and otherwise spy on citizens using the equipment, though the company has denied this accusation.

What do you think about the state of telecommunications as of now? Is Vodafone on the right track to improve on things? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.


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