Aramco Digital and Intel plan to establish Open RAN (Radio Access Network) Development Center in Saudi Arabia. The new center is expected to drive innovation, foster technological advancements, and contribute to the digital transformation landscape in Saudi Arabia. This partnership also aims to align with Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, which focuses on technological betterment in the region.
Open RAN, an evolving wireless network architecture paradigm, enables greater flexibility, interoperability, and invention. Aramco Digital brings a deep understanding of the Kingdom’s development needs and ambitions, the opportunities for Open RAN technology deployment, and a unique perspective of the Kingdom’s economic landscape. Intel brings its expertise in Open RAN technologies to the partnership.
The partnership on Open RAN between Aramco Digital and Intel is expected to extend beyond borders, connecting Saudi Arabia to the global landscape of Open RAN and Edge development and deployment.
Aramco Digital’s CEO Tareq Amin said: “This collaboration is a testament to our commitment to helping drive innovation in the Kingdom. The Open RAN Development Center is expected to be a catalyst for digital evolution, providing a platform for collaboration, skill development and creating a vibrant technology ecosystem. At the heart of this collaboration is the creation of a vibrant pool of local capabilities for advanced 5G and future 6G technologies.”
“We are pleased to collaborate on Open RAN with Aramco Digital and to combine Intel’s technological prowess in network and edge computing and software with the local insights and industry leadership of Aramco Digital. Together, we aim to accelerate the deployment of edge-native Open RAN solutions in Saudi Arabia and beyond,” said [Sachin Katti, Intel senior vice president and general manager of the Network and Edge Group].
The Open RAN Development Center is planned to begin operational in 2024.