PNCC employs Open RAN for new 5G services in Palau

  • PNCC’s teams underwent a workshop on 5G and Open RAN technologies to improve mobile networks.
  • O-RAN adoption by PNCC promises faster, accessible 4G and 5G services, enhancing coverage.
  • Supported by a USTDA grant, PNCC plans to expand mobile networks with 5G Open RAN technology.

Palau-based PNCC‘s management and technical teams have undergone a comprehensive workshop on 5G and Open RAN technologies and operations.

Open Radio Access Network (O-RAN) presents an innovative approach to constructing mobile networks, promising PNCC faster and more accessible 4G and 5G services. Unlike conventional networks, O-RAN allows PNCC to utilize equipment from various vendors, enhancing network flexibility and cost-efficiency, ensuring long-term sustainability and superior performance. This translates to improved mobile coverage and internet speeds for all in Palau.

What is Open-RAN?

Held in Palau, the workshop received backing from a Technical Assistance grant provided by the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA). This grant facilitates PNCC’s initial project phase, designing a new mobile telecom network based on 5G Open RAN technology, and expanding the mobile network’s reach to underserved areas with additional cell sites.

Widelity, a U.S.-based provider of engineering consulting services, conducted the workshop and has been selected to aid PNCC in training and devising detailed plans for the new system.

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About PNCC

The Palau National Communications Corporation (PNCC) stands as the foremost telecommunications services provider in the Republic of Palau. Established in 1982, the corporation has steadfastly nurtured connectivity, becoming an integral part of the community. PNCC offers an array of services, encompassing LTE mobile data and voice, fixed-line broadband internet, landline telephone, digital television, VHF radio, and tailored ICT solutions, extending across every part of the island nation.


Cassie Gong

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