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.

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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

Fifth Quad Open RAN Forum

On November 2nd, the Open RAN Policy Coalition, along with partner associations Assocham and Keidanren, hosted the Fifth Quad Open RAN Forum in Washington, D.C.

This meeting, which included participants from the governments of Australia, India, Japan, and the U.S., served as a continuation the Track 1.5 dialogue on Open RAN. In this series of events and meetings, we bring together government and industry leaders to discuss progress on Open RAN deployments and facilitating innovation in telecoms infrastructure, with a particular focus on nations participating in the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue.

At the Fifth Quad Open RAN Forum, participants covered topics including financing for Open RAN deployments, and bridging to non-Quad efforts. Private sector presentations highlighted industry efforts on Open RAN and continued efforts toward secure and trusted infrastructure for 5G and advanced wireless networks.  … Read More

Governments Worldwide Embrace Open RAN: A Glimpse of Recent Initiatives

Open RAN continues to transform the telecommunications landscape, fostering innovation, competition, and supplier diversity. As the open RAN revolution gains momentum, governments worldwide are recognizing the immense potential of Open RAN and are taking proactive steps to support its development and adoption. In this post, we’ll delve into recent initiatives and collaborations by governments, emphasizing the international significance of Open RAN.

  • On September 14, the UK government, in collaboration with major mobile network operators, issued a joint statement affirming their commitment to Open RAN principles. Their collective goal is to enhance competition and innovation in the telecommunications sector, ultimately improving the security and resilience of critical network infrastructure. Notably, they are aiming for 35% of the UK’s network traffic to be carried over open and interoperable RAN architectures by 2030, a testament to their dedication to the technology’s development.
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ORPC Statement on Global Coalition on Telecommunications Launch

Today, the United Kingdom government announced the launch of the Global Coalition on Telecommunications (GCOT). The initial membership of GCOT spans five countries – Australia, Canada, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States and will seek to drive closer cooperation a range of important issues, not least telecommunications vendor diversification.

The Open RAN Policy Coalition applauds the United Kingdom and its partner nations in the creation of this group, which will enable greater coordination and collaboration across countries that are at the forefront of Open RAN activity. We believe that this will ultimately drive greater investment, innovation, and competition in the market for telecommunications network infrastructure.

Today’s announcement builds upon the foundations laid by the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue and the G7 on Open RAN, and paves the way forward for an enduring and operational commitment for the adoption of … Read More