The Quad Open RAN Forum

Australia, India, Japan, and the U.S. are home to 24% of the world’s population, 35% of the world’s GDP, and many of the world’s leading technology and telecoms companies. The Quad governments have emphasized the importance of secure and trusted network infrastructure, and the need for greater vendor diversity across the telecoms ecosystem, objectives that Open RAN can help deliver.

Open RAN has been deployed in 35 countries on a pilot or commercial basis already, including in Australia, India, Japan and the U.S. To support the significant investment that the private sector has already made in Open RAN, governments have a critical role in creating an enabling environment to further support its development and adoption, fostering a vibrant ecosystem of vendors.

The Quad Open RAN Forum will bring together government and industry leaders for the first time to discuss existing … Read More

Open RAN Policy Coalition Reply Comments on the FCC’s Open RAN NOI

On May 28, the Open RAN Policy Coalition filed reply comments in the FCC’s Notice of Inquiry on Promoting the Deployment of 5G Open Radio Access Networks.

 Initial comments in this landmark proceeding provide a robust foundational record regarding the growing Open RAN market, show widespread consensus about the potential public benefits Open RAN can produce, and coalescence around several key steps the Commission and other policymakers can take to support these outcomes.

Commenters also express consensus that policies supporting industry innovation and carrier choice – not government mandates or legal preferences – will enable the market to realize the benefits of Open RAN. Commenters describe active and diverse engagement in industry organizations that are driving standardization, testing, and other real-world advancement toward open and interoperable interfaces in the RAN.

Our letter provides a distillation of the record on these … Read More

Open RAN: A Year in Review

On May 5, 2020, the Open RAN Policy Coalition launched with a goal of educating global policymakers on the “who, what and why” of open radio access networks—Open RAN.

Our 60 global member companies were brought together by a single unifying principle: that opening the interfaces in the RAN will allow mobile networks to be deployed with a more modular design, and without being dependent upon a single vendor. We believe that this approach will lower barriers to entry for new innovators, increasing competition and vendor choice.

In order to promote this technological evolution and accelerate a stable, sustainable, and successful transition to 5G and beyond, the Coalition and its members have worked over the last year to promote initiatives and policy priorities that:

  • Support new and existing technology suppliers, as well as small and large network operators, offering open
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Open Ran Policy Coalition Files Comments in FCC NOI on Promoting The Deployment of 5g Open RAN

The Open RAN Policy Coalition filed comments in response to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Notice of Inquiry (NOI) on Promoting the Deployment of 5G Open Radio Access Networks.

Our comments note that “the communications companies that serve markets in the United States and its partners have reached an inflection point in the development and deployment of Open RAN. In short, the commercial communications ecosystem is rapidly developing and deploying Open RAN, thereby advancing the national interests of the United States and its partners.”

We also detail Open RAN offerings that Coalition members have publicly announced as either presently available on the market or coming to market within the next 12-to-24 months, as well as the significant public interest benefits of Open RAN solutions, namely in four categories:

  • Driving increased competition, innovation and network vendor diversity;
  • Providing technological improvements that
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Open RAN at 5G Latin America Digital Symposium

The Open RAN Policy Coalition is excited to participate in this year’s 5G Latin America Digital Symposium on April 27 and 29, which will offer perspectives on the future of 5G in the region, with speakers from leading regional operators talking about spectrum, regulation and next gen technologies.

Our Executive Director Diane Rinaldo will interview Andrea Folgueiras, Telefónica Hispam CTIO, about opportunities and deployments in Latin America, where Telefonica has been a major advocate for Open RAN platforms. Join the event to hear about best practices for Open RAN in the region, how Open RAN can help expand connectivity to rural areas, and the policies we need from governments to allow these technologies to continue to develop. Free registration is available here.

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Diane Rinaldo Testifies before Congress on Open RAN and 5G Supply Chains

Our Executive Director Diane Rinaldo testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology today, in a hearing on “Leading the Wireless Future: Securing American Network Technology.” Her testimony is focused on the reasons why Open RAN Policy Coalition members believe that Open RAN will provide significant public interest benefits, including:

  • Driving increased competition, innovation and network vendor diversity;
  • Providing technological improvements that benefit network management and innovation;
  • Making services and products more affordable for consumers, including those in rural and underserved communities; and
  • Serving as a complement to parallel advances in enhancing network security and network management for 5G.

A shift in mobile network architecture towards open and interoperable interfaces has already prompted a proliferation of new entrants and start-ups driving innovations not only in the RAN, but also in additional technologies that can be layered … Read More

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