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

WASHINGTON, DC – The Open RAN Policy Coalition is thrilled congratulate DeepSig, the recipient of a Public Wireless Supply Chain Innovation Fund grant from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).

NTIA’s announcements for the first round of Public Wireless Supply Chain Innovation Fund grants began this week, and will recognize the outstanding contributions of companies like DeepSig that are dedicated to driving technological progress to accelerate the adoption and performance of Open RAN for 5G and beyond.

“Congratulations to DeepSig for their well-deserved grant from the NTIA’s Public Wireless Supply Chain Innovation Fund,” said Diane Rinaldo, Executive Director of the Open RAN Policy Coalition. “This significant achievement underscores DeepSig’s dedication to advancing innovation in Open RAN through generative AI technologies. It is imperative that we recognize the efforts of the companies playing a critical role in working toward a … Read More

Empowering Global Connectivity: The Open RAN Revolution

Open RAN Policy Coalition Executive Director Diane Rinaldo contributed to the August edition of 5G Magazine, which was focused on Open RAN.

In her piece, Diane says that Open RAN holds the key to enabling secure and diverse telecoms infrastructure, supporting the advancement of 5G and advanced wireless networks, and fostering innovation and competition in the telecommunications industry. By continuing to work globally with policymakers, standards bodies and industry stakeholders, we can incentivize deployments, unlock funding for Open RAN and foster policies that will usher in a new era of global connectivity to bridge the digital divide, stimulate economic growth, and propel humanity towards a more connected and prosperous future.

She notes that there is a global momentum towards Open RAN, due in part to government support worldwide, which has played a critical role in driving the transition to an … Read More

Fourth Quad Open RAN Forum

On June 15, the Open RAN Policy Coalition, along with partner associations Assocham and Keidanren, hosted the Fourth Quad Open RAN Forum in Tokyo, Japan.

As participants in the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, the governments of Australia, India, Japan, and the U.S. (“Quad governments”) continue to emphasize the importance of secure and trusted infrastructure for 5G and advanced wireless networks, and support vendor diversity across the telecoms ecosystem. Open RAN continues to have a significant role in delivering on these priorities.

The Fourth Quad Forum was a continuation of the Track 1.5 dialogue on Open RAN, a series of events and discussions bringing together government and industry leaders to discuss progress on Open RAN deployments and facilitating innovation in telecoms infrastructure.

Topics covered at the Forum included financing Open RAN deployments at scale, Open RAN opportunities in the Indo-Pacific, and breakout … Read More

Update from the Quad Leaders’ Summit

On May 20, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese of Australia, Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India, Prime Minister Kishida Fumio of Japan, and President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. of the United States, met for the third in-person Quad Leaders’ Summit.

In a Joint Leaders’ Statement following the Summit, it was announced that the Quad will partner with the government of Palau to establish a deployment of Open RAN, the first in the Pacific. The goal of this initiative is to modernize Palau’s national mobile network, establish an Open RAN deployment in partnership with local stakeholders, and support its sustainable operation. As part of the agreement, the United States Trade and Development Agency will fund a technical assistance grant to scope the size and scale of the project, the Australian Government will support the project, and Quad partners may provide further support.

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The Big 5G Event: In Austin, May 15-17

The Open RAN Policy Coalition is excited to partner with the Big 5G Event, a leading annual gathering for North American executives setting their 5G and Cloud strategies for 2024 and beyond. The conference will feature hard-hitting content delivered over three days and shaped by leading analysts from Heavy Reading and Omdia.

The robust event agenda includes discussion tracks on topics like Private Networks in a 5G World and the Evolution Radio Access Networks. Of note, the event will include a panel discussion on From vRAN to Open RAN, featuring speakers from USCellular, AMD, Intel, Radisys and CableLabs; and another discussion on Open RAN System Integration & Lifecycle Management which will include speakers from NTIA, Fujitsu and AT&T, among others.

Many of our members will be in Austin for the Big 5G Event and we hope to see you … Read More

White House National Security Council’s 6G Principles

On April 21, the White House National Security Council released a document, “Principles for 6G: OPEN & RESILIENT BY DESIGN,” highlighting the potential for 6G to bridge the digital divide, expand internet access domestically and internationally, and drive applications in areas such as health, energy, transportation and agriculture.

The White House notes that the United States, along with its allies and partners, must take a proactive role in shaping the development of 6G to advance economic and national security interests. This includes ensuring that the 6G environment is technology-neutral and globally competitive, with diverse and resilient supply chains.

The principles included in the document were identified during a full-day workshop, and emphasize the need for a globally competitive, secure, and inclusive 6G ecosystem that prioritizes affordability, accessibility, sustainability and privacy. The principles also underscore the importance of collaboration between government … Read More

In Berlin this Week: Open RAN World

Open RAN World 2023 is set to take place in Berlin from April 26 to 27, and will feature discussions on some of the most exciting Open RAN initiatives and deployments taking place around the world. The event will cover a range of topics, including Open vRAN, RAN Intelligent Controllers, system integration, Open RAN performance and interoperability testing, cloud infrastructure and operations for Open RAN, and the cost benefits of Open RAN. Attendees can expect to gain insights and knowledge from expert speakers and engage in networking opportunities with industry professionals.

The agenda also includes a number of talks on Open RAN; John Baker, Senior Vice President of Ecosystem Business Development at Mavenir and board member of the Open RAN Policy Coalition, will deliver a keynote on Real Open RAN Experiences. Gilles Garcia, Senior Director, Business Lead Data Center … Read More

Statement on 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 first 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:

“Today’s Notice of Funding Opportunity for the Public Wireless Supply Chain Innovation Fund represents a significant milestone in promoting the deployment of open and interoperable networks. A historic $1.5 billion investment, the Fund has the potential to foster a continuous cycle of innovation, design, testing, and commercial deployment, while creating opportunities for emerging companies to compete in the global communications market.

Government support has been a critical component in undertaking the transition to an open approach to 5G and future generations of networks, and the Open RAN Policy Coalition applauds the work being done by U.S. Secretary of … Read More

Open RAN Gains Momentum at Mobile World Congress

ORPC Executive Director Diane Rinaldo sat down with AT&T’s Chris Boyer in Barcelona to summarize the key Open RAN take aways from MWC. Chris and Diane were encouraged to see prominent business and policy discussions around Open-RAN incorporated into the show agenda as well as happening on the trade show floor. Highlights from their chat include:

  • Unlike previous years, Open-RAN was a primary topic of this year’s Mobile World Congress, with keynote remarks, panel presentations and an obvious increase in the number of small companies getting into the Open-RAN space.

  • Carriers are still encouraged about Open-RAN as a way to power 5G networks and beyond at a more cost-effective and innovative way.

  • There were cool things on the trade show floor, like holograms and new approaches to delivering Artificial Intelligence (AI) experiences.

  • That said… Diane is still confident that AI
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MWC Barcelona: Day 3

Last night, Analog Devices, Inc. hosted an Open RAN Policy Coalition networking event at MWC Barcelona. The reception, also sponsored by AT&T, Fujitsu and Qualcomm, welcomed 100 attendees including ORPC members, policy experts, and leaders from across the telecoms industry. It was great to see so many friendly faces!

Today, ORPC Executive Director Diane Rinaldo is participating in a panel discussion as part of the Fujitsu Partner Program, “Network Trust – How To Securely Connect Cyber World To Physical World.” The discussion will focus on how network operators, cloud providers, application providers and policy & academic bodies can implement network security and ensure trusted solutions for a sustainable society, and will take place in Theatre 3, Hall 7 from 9:30-11am.

And this afternoon at the Telecom Infra Project Pavilion, Diane Rinaldo will interview Dr. Thomas Rondeau, PhD, … Read More