From open standards and software to data, ‘open’ has been a defining word of the Internet since its early days. However, most digital development around the major platforms has been driven by proprietary software and ‘closed’ systems. Recently, companies like Microsoft and Google are moving more and more towards open-source software.
In the past few years, the United States had created additional momentum with the adoption of an open-source approach to deal with the development of 5G networks, mainly from Huawei. As a result, OpenRAN was born, an open-source solution for 5G networks primarily intended to challenge Huawei. Ericsson and Nokia, two other holders of proprietary solutions, are also affected by the change.
In parallel, a similar change has occurred with the design of the open-source chip RISC-V, known as the ‘Linux of the chip world’.
Finally, there are greater pushes for open data and interoperable approaches in the battle between tech companies, mainly between Facebook/Meta and Apple.
Despite the strategic motivation for greater ‘openness’, this trend will contribute to strategically placing digital assets as global public goods.
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