Point of View: Interview with Yisrael Nov, EVP Global Sales at Parallel Wireless
Welcome to our new interview series where we sit down with industry experts and leaders to discuss the latest developments and trends in their respective fields. Our first interviewee is Yisrael Nov, EVP Global Sales at Parallel Wireless. With over 28 years of experience in the wireless industry, Yisrael brings a wealth of knowledge and insights to the table. In this interview, we discuss the evolution of Parallel Wireless, the current state of the industry, and where things are headed in the future. Join us as we learn more from Yisrael Nov, EVP Global Sales at Parallel Wireless.
Is Open RAN only for the big telecom operators?
Open RAN is for cellular operators at any size. All operators that have RAN will have to open their networks if they want to stay profitable.
What is the typical use case for Open RAN?
The typical use cases can be new network (green field) using the latest technology, expansion of existing network or replacing old technology network with a new one (Network modernization).
What is the commercial justification for Open RAN?
The main reason for Open RAN is to avoid the vendor lock-in. Before Open RAN, most operators were buying from a very limited list of vendors. This created a relationship similar to a Catholic marriage – the vendors could charge any price they wanted for equipment, leaving operators without much choice. With open RAN, operators can now pay for generic hardware, and as technology continues to progress, they can choose to change the SW vendor without the need to replace the hardware and only change the software.
Is the 5G deployment in parallel to older technologies (2G, 3G and LTE)?
The 5G is an additional layer on top of 3G and 4G networks. It needs more sites and it has lower coverage as it works in higher frequencies. So it takes much more resources to get an operational real 5G network.
What should be expected in 2023 from Open RAN?
We look at 2023 as the turning point in terms of deployment. We are also expecting a lot of innovation in Open RAN like moving to a cloud-based solution and cluster architecture.
Are we over the trial phase for Open RAN?
We are in a transition phase. Right now the V-RAN is very popular and it is a natural part of the network. In 2024/2025 we see the same situation with Open RAN – it will be an integral part of any network.
How open is OPEN RAN actually going to be?
The target for Open RAN is to be a multi-vendor solution. However, it is yet to be determined if the multi-vendor promise is actually going to be implemented effectively.
What is Parallel Wireless vision for Open RAN?
We have a vision that Open RAN will become a cloud-based solution. This means that the hardware will be installed on sites but the software will be located in a central cloud-based site. The efficiency of this centralized architecture solution is much better than any other site architecture solution.
What are the key advantages of Parallel Wireless vs. other solutions?
Parallel Wireless has key advantages compared to other solutions including a complete All G’s (2G, 3G, LTE and 5G) in a single solution. This allows operators to gradually deploy new technologies as layers over the existing network or use existing ORAN HW from any G to any G . Another great advantage is that Parallel Wireless solution is a native central RAN cloud-based solution. Our solution is also designed to support up to 200-300 sites in one centralized BB SW .
Are there any Open RAN implementations of Parallel Wireless that you can mention?
I cannot specify the exact operators’ names for obvious reasons but we have multiple implementations in both North America, EMEA and APAC.
In conclusion, our interview with Yisrael Nov provided valuable insights into the evolution of Parallel Wireless and the current state of the wireless industry. As EVP Global Sales at Parallel Wireless, Yisrael has a unique perspective on the challenges and opportunities facing the industry today. His experience and knowledge make him a valuable resource, and we are grateful for the time he took to speak with us. We hope this interview serves as a helpful resource for anyone looking to stay up-to-date on the latest developments in the wireless industry.