Statement on NTIA’s Second Notice of Funding Opportunity for the Public Wireless Supply Chain Innovation Fund

Today the U.S. Department of Commerce and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) released the second Notice of Funding Opportunity for the Public Wireless Supply Chain Innovation Fund. Below is a statement from Open RAN Policy Coalition Executive Director Diane Rinaldo:

“The second Notice of Funding Opportunity for the Public Wireless Supply Chain Innovation Fund from NTIA marks another important milestone in promoting the deployment of open and interoperable networks. The $1.5 billion allocated to the Fund presents a tremendous opportunity to maintain momentum in driving innovation by ensuring that these funds are fully and promptly utilized.

Advancing innovation in the radio is critical to developing and deploying Open RAN networks.  The Open RAN Policy Coalition congratulates NTIA for taking a pivotal step to distribute a significant portion of the Fund to spur this critical portion of the ecosystem.”… Read More

Diane Rinaldo Testifies before the Senate Commerce Committee on Spectrum and National Security

Today, Open RAN Policy Coalition Executive Director Diane Rinaldo testified before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee in a hearing on “Spectrum and National Security.”  Her testimony focused on the need for a sufficient amount of licensed spectrum in the pipeline, in order to deploy more Open RAN and reap its supply chain security benefits.

The journey of the Open RAN movement is a testament to innovation and opportunity based on robust competition in diverse markets. To maintain momentum, we must adopt a holistic approach to countering global market distortions and developing competitive parity for U.S. and allied vendors.

Today, much of our Coalition’s work has been focused on international efforts. As developing nations look to deploy 5G, Open RAN is a viable and desirable option, offering a cost-effective and adaptable solution. And while our education mission at the … Read More

Joint Statement Endorsing Principles for 6G: Secure, Open, and Resilient by Design

On February 26, the Governments of the United States, Australia, Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Sweden, and the United Kingdom released a statement endorsing principles for sixth generation wireless communication (6G).

In releasing the shared principles for the research and development of 6G, the governments acknowledged that by working together they can support open, free, global, interoperable, reliable, resilient, and secure connectivity.

As part of the principles for 6G, the governments also recognized the importance of “Cooperation to Enable Open and Interoperable Innovation,” including:     

  • 6G technologies that use technical standards in line with principles laid down under the Global Industry-led and Inclusive Standard Setting & International Collaborations principle and interfaces to enable seamless interoperability between products from different suppliers, including software and hardware.
  • 6G technologies that recognize the importance of international cooperation in promoting
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Day 3 at MWC Barcelona

Last night, Mavenir hosted an Open RAN Policy Coalition networking event at MWC Barcelona. The reception, also sponsored by AMD and AT&T, welcomed attendees including ORPC members, policy experts, and leaders from across the telecoms industry. It was great to see so many friendly faces!

We’re wrapping up our MWC coverage with a few more member announcements and activities:

  • AT&T hit a big open RAN milestone with a 5G cloud RAN call; they now have commercial traffic flowing on Cloud RAN sites, the first of which are located south of Dallas, Texas. As part of the live deployment, AT&T and Ericsson have migrated one frequency band 3700MHz for their C-band traffic to cloud RAN infrastructure.

  • QCT is showcasing 5G and AI solutions that help network administrators and application developers to design, deploy, and manage mobile networks faster and easier. Swing
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More from MWC Barcelona: Day 2

Today we’re highlighting more exciting announcements from ORPC members at MWC:

  • DeepSig, experts in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) for wireless communications and Viettel High Technology Industries Corporation (VHT), the pioneer of development, manufacturing and commercialization of telco solutions, announced the industry’s first live AI/ML-based neural receiver in a 5G Open virtualized radio access network (vRAN), in Hanoi. For the first time, AI/ML applied physical layer signal processing is deployed on 5G ORAN equipment manufactured by VHT in Viettel’s network.

  • NTT DOCOMO has selected AWS to commercially deploy its nationwide 5G Open Radio Access Network in Japan.  DOCOMO will use AWS to deploy Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service Anywhere (Amazon EKS Anywhere), a container management software, at its 5G Open RAN to simplify network operation with automated cluster management tools, enabling the operator to easily run and optimize its
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This Week: MWC Barcelona 2024

The Open RAN Policy Coalition is excited to be back at MWC Barcelona this week! We look forward to connecting with industry leaders, policymakers and our Coalition members, who have many exciting events, announcements and demonstrations planned. Below are a few highlights:

  • Analog Devices on Wednesday will host a panel discussion on “The Business of 5G: Driving 5G Monetization Opportunities,” exploring how operators will have new opportunities to capture significant value in the coming 12-24 months. Initial 5G rollouts prioritized enhancing mobile broadband experience through improved speed and capacity. Subsequent releases of 5G have introduced advanced capabilities, presenting fresh avenues to enrich features, drive revenue, and streamline costs. This session will explore burgeoning opportunities from these latest 3GPP developments, delving into the extraordinary potential that lies ahead for 5G monetization.

  • Also on Wednesday, join Joe Barry of Analog Devices and
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Open RAN Policy Coalition Congratulates AT&T, Verizon on Public Wireless Supply Chain Innovation Fund Grant Award

Grant includes $42.3 million for Open RAN testing, evaluation and R&D centers.

Washington, DC — The Open RAN Policy Coalition congratulates AT&T and Verizon on a grant from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) as part of the Public Wireless Supply Chain Innovation Fund.

The $42.3 million grant, which is the final award in the first round of funding authorized by Congress in the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022, will go towards the establishment of the Acceleration of Compatibility and Commercialization for Open RAN Deployments (ACCoRD). This consortium of carriers, universities and equipment suppliers will establish testing, evaluation and R&D centers in Dallas and Washington, D.C. According to NTIA, the center will focus testing on network performance, interoperability and security, and will facilitate research into new testing methods.

“The Open RAN Policy Coalition is thrilled to offer our … Read More

Diane Rinaldo Testifies before Congress on the Momentum of the Open RAN Movement

Open RAN Policy Coalition Executive Director Diane Rinaldo testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology today, in a hearing on “Leveraging American Communications Leadership with Open RAN Networks.” Her testimony focuses on the transformational role of open and interoperable solutions in the RAN, particularly as we navigate the evolution of 5G technology and prepare for 6G and beyond. Some key themes from today’s testimony include:

  • The Wireless Innovation Fund of the CHIPS and Science Act was a landmark achievement, introducing grant programs to catalyze Open RAN initiatives. However, the allocation and deployment of these funds have not met the pace of innovation – of the $1.5 billion dollars allocated, only 6% has been distributed: 4% to businesses and only 0.01% to small businesses.  To truly drive innovation, it is essential that these funds are fully
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Beyond the Hype: Navigating the Cost-Effective Future of 5G with Open RAN

As the deployment of 5G communication networks unfolds, we stand on the brink of a transformative era in telecommunications.  This technological leap not only promises innovation but also has the potential to redefine network architecture, cost-efficiency, and customer satisfaction.

5G technology offers a unique opportunity to increase capacity, enhance the customer experience, and reduce operational costs. This can be achieved through Open RAN and the expansion and diversification of the vendor ecosystem; by promoting an environment of open and interoperable hardware and software, 5G deployment can reshape the telecommunications landscape, making it more cost-effective for operators and creating a competitive marketplace that ultimately benefits consumers.

As technology advances, our networks can’t be left behind.  Moving to virtualization and software defined networks decreases a network’s hardware footprint, in turn lowering costs and making repairs and upgrades achievable via clicks on a … Read More

Open RAN Policy Coalition Congratulates DISH Wireless on Public Wireless Supply Chain Innovation Fund Grant Award

Washington, DC — The Open RAN Policy Coalition congratulates DISH Wireless, today named as the recipient of a grant from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) as part of the Public Wireless Supply Chain Innovation Fund, a $1.5 billion project authorized by Congress in the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022.

The $50 million grant award will go towards the establishment of the Open RAN Center for Integration & Deployment (ORCID), an initiative that will allow participants to test and validate their hardware and software solutions against DISH’s Open RAN network.

“The Open RAN Policy Coalition is thrilled to congratulate DISH on their tremendous achievement,” said Diane Rinaldo, Executive Director of the Open RAN Policy Coalition. “This well-deserved grant from NTIA and the U.S. Department of Commerce speaks to the commitment of DISH Networks and its partners in advancing … Read More