New Delhi, Feb 21 (PTI) HFCL Limited on Monday announced it has joined the O-RAN Alliance, a global community of mobile network operators, vendors, research and academic institutions operating in the Radio Access Network (RAN) industry. As an O-RAN Alliance member, HFCL would focus on contributing to standards that ensure a true open and multi-vendor RAN network, the company said in a statement. HFCL has joined O-RAN Alliance to accelerate open innovation in 5G, it added. O-RAN Alliance's mission is to re-shape the industry towards more intelligent, open, virtualised and fully interoperable mobile networks. HFCL is investing in building a full portfolio of products for 5G Radio Access Network and 5G transport equipment. "We are excited to be a part of the O-RAN Alliance and look forward to work with alliance members to realise the benefits of ORAN," Mahendra Nahata, Managing Director of HFCL, said.

Open networking based on a well-defined architecture and pre-validated solution will enable operators to have increased supplier diversity, accelerate innovation, and reduce capex and opex, Nahata observed.