March 9 Open RAN Event Featuring Acting FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel

The Open RAN Policy Coalition is pleased to present a virtual discussion on March 9, “How Will an Open RAN Facilitate a Diverse, Competitive and Secure Ecosystem for 5G and Beyond?”

The discussion will feature a fireside chat with Acting FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel and Diane Rinaldo, Executive Director, Open RAN Policy Coalition.

The advent of 5G has prompted a shift in mobile network architecture towards a disaggregated approach that uses open and interoperable interfaces in the radio access network (RAN). Open RAN allows networks to be deployed with a more modular design without being dependent on a single vendor. It can also lower barriers to entry for new innovators and create economic opportunities while increasing innovation and promoting competition and diversity in the wireless supply chain.

The event will include a panel discussion featuring:  

  • David Shepardson, Correspondent, Thomson
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Open RAN Policy Coalition Comments on 5G Challenge Notice of Inquiry

On February 10, the Open RAN Policy Coalition submitted a letter in response to the 5G Challenge Notice of Inquiry issued by the NTIA and DoD.

Coalition members are devoting significant resources to developing, standardizing, and validating open interfaces to allow secure and reliable interoperability across diverse market players, lower the barrier to entry for new innovators, and lower the cost of adoption by service providers.

We believe that in order to achieve the best outcomes, the 5G Challenge should target its scope to solicit solutions that foster open technologies, focusing on real-world applications that can be brought to bear now and will complement related ongoing federal efforts to spur 5G development and deployment.

We are pleased that our federal partners are also prioritizing this shared goal, and we look forward to working together on these issues in the months … Read More

ORPC Joins Coalition of Coalitions to Collaborate on Global Open RAN Objectives

The Open RAN Policy Coalition announced today that it joined a coalition of coalitions to collaborate on global Open RAN issues. As nations begin to deploy next generation networks, the goal of the new coalition is to ensure that a healthy, robust ecosystem exists to ensure competition and consumer quality.

“The Open RAN Policy Coalition welcomes the opportunity to work with other coalition members to spur the adoption of Open RAN technology,” said Executive Director Diane Rinaldo. “We believe Open RAN has the potential to create innovation, encourage competition, and expand the wireless technology supply chain. By leveraging our collective expertise, our organizations can promote responsible policy in support of open and interoperable network solutions.”

Our organizations are united by the need for responsible policy action in support of Open RAN, and we look forward to working together on this important objective. Other participating coalitions include the following organizations:… Read More

Open RAN Policy Coalition Releases New Policy Roadmap

The Open RAN Policy Coalition today released a new Policy Roadmap, outlining the steps that governments and policymakers can take to accelerate adoption of open standards in the RAN and promote a network ecosystem that is more diverse, competitive and secure. 

The Policy Roadmap is intended as a starting point for discussions between stakeholders. It outlines policy tools applicable to addressing a number of regulatory objectives, including strategies for governments to:

  • Support the emergence of new network infrastructure vendors
  • Accelerate demand for Open RAN solutions
  • Catalyze investment in technical capabilities
  • Support operators as they develop an approach to managing a multi-layer network architecture
  • Establish the right approach to oversight of multi-vendor network architecture
  • Engage with international allies to share experiences and best practices

Case studies based on policies implemented by the Governments of the UK and Japan are … Read More

OPEN RAN POLICY COALITION WELCOMES NEW MEMBERS BENETEL AND DEUTSCHE TELEKOM

The Open RAN Policy Coalition is pleased to announce that it recently welcomed Benetel and Deutsche Telekom to its membership, which now totals 56 global technology companies in support of policies that promote the adoption of open and interoperable solutions in the Radio Access Network (RAN).

“We are thrilled to have two new international members join our coalition. It is clear that the potential of Open RAN is being embraced worldwide, with deployments on five continents already,” said Diane Rinaldo, Executive Director of the Open RAN Policy Coalition.  “Standardizing interfaces in the RAN encourages a variety of models to emerge and compete, and is helping to create a vibrant international marketplace that will drive advanced wireless networks for 5G and beyond.”

The Open RAN Policy Coalition is a diverse group of information and communications technology companies in support of policies … Read More

Building an Innovative, Competitive and Secure 5G Ecosystem

On September 25, ITI and the Open RAN Policy Coalition hosted a follow-on event to the Prague 5G Security Conference to explore important themes related to 5G development, deployment, and security. The event, Building an Innovative, Competitive, and Secure 5G Ecosystem, brought together industry leaders and policymakers from around the world, including over 100 officials from 36 governments worldwide.

“Following the conclusion of this year’s Prague 5G Security Conference, the need for a global approach to 5G security has never been more apparent,” said Rob Strayer, Executive Vice President of Policy at ITI. “Governments and industry will need to continue to work together in order to securely deploy the next generation of network technology, while also driving innovation. We appreciated the opportunity to host government leaders from around the world and also hear from ITI and ORPC member companies … Read More

FCC Forum on 5G Open Radio Access Networks

Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is hosting a Forum on 5G Open Radio Access Networks. The Open RAN Policy Coalition is pleased to see that a number of our member companies are participating, along with our Executive Director Diane Rinaldo.  The forum, hosted by Chairman Ajit Pai, will feature a range of speakers advocating for next generation wireless services.

Chairman Pai has demonstrated great leadership on 5G and on issues related to the development and deployment of standards-based radio access networks. We commend him for bringing together a group of experts to explain the concept of Open RAN, the benefits of deploying networks with open and interoperable interfaces, and a deep dive into the technology that will drive 5G and advanced wireless networks. 

These conversations are important to have, as they will shape policies that will advance the … Read More

Open RAN Policy Coalition Welcomes Nine New Members

The Open RAN Policy Coalition is excited to welcome nine new companies to its membership. New members include American Tower, Broadcom, GigaTera Communications, Inseego, Ligado Networks, Nvidia, RIFT, Texas Instruments, and Xilinx.

Membership in our coalition now totals 54 global technology companies in support of policies that promote the adoption of open and interoperable solutions in the Radio Access Network (RAN).

Open RAN technology allows wireless networks to be deployed with a more modular design and without being dependent on a single vendor. This will spur competition, increase diversity in the supply chain for 5G and other advanced wireless technologies, and continue to drive innovation as new players enter the market.

New members are welcomed by Open RAN Policy Coalition members Airspan, Altiostar, AT&T, AWS, Ciena, Cisco, Cohere Technologies, CommScope, Crown Castle, DeepSig, Dell Technologies, DISH Network, Facebook, Fujitsu, Google, … Read More