Ericsson's Challoner to oversee AT&T open RAN deal

Ericsson's Paul Challoner – a longtime open RAN representative for the company – has a new remit: managing the vendor's $14 billion deal with AT&T for 5G open RAN equipment.

Mike Dano, Editorial Director, 5G & Mobile Strategies

May 29, 2024

Ericsson's Paul Challoner has been the vendor's US representative for open radio access network (RAN) technology for years, explaining its evolving approach. Now, he's spearheading the company's new $14 billion open RAN agreement with AT&T as CTO, Global Customer Unit AT&T for Ericsson.

"This is the industrialization of open RAN," Challoner says, explaining that Ericsson is now producing significant amounts of open RAN equipment at its Texas manufacturing facility for US networks including AT&T's.

In this video from Light Reading's Network X Americas, Challoner discusses Ericsson's work to meet AT&T's network buildout requirements and the vendor's new manufacturing plant.

Here are a few topics we cover:

  • Challoner's new role at Ericsson (00:30)

  • Update on Ericsson's open RAN agreement with AT&T (01:30)

  • Ericsson's new agreement with Dell (02:30)

  • Manufacturing Ericsson's radios for AT&T and others (05:00)

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About the Author(s)

Mike Dano

Editorial Director, 5G & Mobile Strategies, Light Reading

Mike Dano is Light Reading's Editorial Director, 5G & Mobile Strategies. Mike can be reached at [email protected], @mikeddano or on LinkedIn.

Based in Denver, Mike has covered the wireless industry as a journalist for almost two decades, first at RCR Wireless News and then at FierceWireless and recalls once writing a story about the transition from black and white to color screens on cell phones.

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