In Berlin: Telco AI World Summit and Open RAN World

This week, we’ll be tuning in to the Telco AI World Summit and Open RAN World Summit, taking place April 26-28 in Berlin.

At the AI Summit, experts will share insights on telco AI, analytics, automation and customer experience management. The agenda also includes a number of talks on Open RAN including a panel discussion on Where Can AI and Automation Best Support Open RAN? and a presentation from DeepSig CTO Tim O’Shea on Leveraging AI to Improve Open vRAN Performance.

Open RAN World will address new market opportunities and the potential for Open RAN to both create a new supply chain ecosystem and redesign how RAN’s are built and managed. John Baker, Senior Vice President of Business Development at Mavenir and board member of the Open RAN Policy Coalition, will be participating in a fireside chat on Designing Read More

Quad Open RAN Showcase Presentations

On March 7/8, the Open RAN Policy Coalition partnered with Assocham, Keidanren and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to present a Quad Open RAN Showcase. Below please find links to the individual presentations from ORPC members and showcase participants:

Gerardo Giaretta – 5G RAN Infrastructure Lead, Qualcomm:      

Abel Mayal – SVP Technology and Marketing, Airspan:

Peadar Forbes – Director, Radio Platform Development, Analog Devices, Inc.:

Toru Sekino – VP, Deputy Head (Global Business), Mobile System Business Unit, Fujitsu:

Dan Picker – CTO, Inseego:

David Nanto – Director, 5G Strategy and Business Division, NEC:

Sadayuki Abeta – VP, General Manager, NTT Docomo:

Mersad Cavcic – VP of Product Management, Pivotal Commware:

Ganesh Shenbagaraman – Head of Integrated Products and Ecosystem, Radisys:

Azita Arvani – General Manager, Rakuten Symphony:

Mehran Hadipour – VP Global Business Development & Alliances, Robin:

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The Quad Open RAN Showcase

On March 7/8, the Open RAN Policy Coalition partnered with Assocham, Keidanren and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to present a Quad Open RAN Showcase. This is the first public event to be hosted under the Track 1.5 dialogue on Open RAN announced at the September 2021 Quad Leaders Summit, where the governments of Australia, India, Japan and the U.S. emphasized the importance of secure and trusted network infrastructure, and the need for greater vendor diversity across the telecoms ecosystem.

As part of the Showcase, we were honored to feature keynote remarks by Mitsuhiro Hishida, Deputy Director-General of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications of the Government of Japan, and Stephen Anderson, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Communications and Information Policy at the U.S. Department of State.

Following the government speakers, the Showcase featured presentations from thirteen vendors … Read More

More Open RAN Member Announcements from MWC Barcelona 2022

It’s great to be back in person at MWC Barcelona 2022. If you missed our previous roundup of Open RAN Policy Coalition member activities and demonstrations; here you go!

Today we’re highlighting a few more of our members’ exciting announcements from this week:

  • Cisco and Rakuten Symphony announced in Barcelona that they are combining strengths to help global service providers prepare the Internet for the Future. The companies signed a Memorandum of Understanding to accelerate the delivery for cloud-native, virtualized 4G/5G mobile networks based on Open Radio Access Network (ORAN) technology.

  • Fujitsu announced that it has successfully developed new software virtualized radio access network (vRAN) technology. The newly developed vRAN technology addresses one of the key challenges of conventional vRANs, delivering high-performance with low-energy consumption. Fujitsu estimates that this approach offers the potential to reduce overall system CO2 emissions
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Open RAN at MWC Barcelona 2022

The Open RAN Policy Coalition is excited to participate in this year’s MWC Barcelona, being held February 28 – March 3. Executive Director Diane Rinaldo will be on-site to participate in a Trans-Regional Roundtable at the Barcelona Bar Association and a panel discussion at the Security Summit: 5G Network Diversification and Supply Chain Security on March 1 at 11:30 CET.

In addition to conference events and taking the opportunity to connect in person with our membership, the coalition plans to meet with policymakers from around the world to discuss strategies for advancing policies that will help create a more diverse, competitive and secure ecosystem based on open interfaces for 5G and beyond.

Many Open RAN Policy Coalition members will also be in attendance in Barcelona; below are just a few highlights of their exciting announcements and demonstrations:

  • AMD/Xilinx will be
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Open RAN Policy Coalition Comments on the NTIA Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Implementation RFC

On February 4, the Open RAN Policy Coalition filed comments in response to NTIA’s Request for Comment on Implementation of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) broadband funding.

Expanding access to broadband and fostering innovation lie at the heart of the ORPC’s core mission.  The Coalition was formed to support policies and initiatives that will advance the adoption of open and interoperable solutions in the wireless radio access network (“RAN”) to promote innovation, spur competition, and expand the supply chain for advanced wireless communications technologies. 

Coalition members represent a cross-section of the wireless communications industry, ranging from network operators to network solutions providers, systems integrators, cloud providers, edge device manufacturers, and others.  Our members believe that by standardizing network interfaces, the communications sector can invite more competition and optionality into the broadband marketplace, leverage these options to expand access … Read More

Open RAN for a Secure Digital Transformation to 5G

On January 26, 2022, the Open RAN Policy Coalition hosted a virtual discussion to address the security challenges commonly cited when discussing the shift of mobile networks to open architectures. While generic security risks exist regardless of the underlying network architecture, 5G and Open RAN will enable new capabilities that will allow operators to monitor, detect, prevent, and respond to threats quickly.

The discussion featured a keynote address by Andre Fuetsch, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, AT&T Services, Inc. and Chairman of the O-RAN Alliance board. In his remarks, Fuetsch noted that 5G’s wide range of services, applications, and spectrum means network operators face a much more complex array of choices and parameters. Building networks based on an open architecture with open interfaces to incorporate AI and machine learning technology can help navigate this complexity and enable … Read More

Open RAN Policy Coalition Congratulates Alan Davidson on his Confirmation as Head of NTIA

Below is a statement from Open RAN Policy Coalition Executive Director Diane Rinaldo:

“Congratulations to Alan Davidson on his confirmation as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. The NTIA has made tremendous efforts to spur 5G development and deployment; the Open RAN Policy Coalition and our membership look forward to working with Assistant Secretary Davidson and his team to foster open technologies and in support of Open RAN as a driving force for innovation, competition, vendor diversity and security for 5G and beyond.”

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Open RAN Policy Coalition Congratulates Jessica Rosenworcel on her Confirmation as Chairwoman of the FCC

Below is a statement from Open RAN Policy Coalition Executive Director Diane Rinaldo:

“On behalf of the Open RAN Policy Coalition, I’d like to offer our congratulations to Jessica Rosenworcel on her confirmation as Chairwoman of the Federal Communications Commission. Chairwoman Rosenworcel has proven herself to be a thoughtful and proactive leader through many years of service at the FCC. As a Commissioner she was among the first to recognize the potential of Open RAN for 5G deployment, innovation and supply chain security; and during her time as Acting Chairwoman she started a substantial policymaking process in support of Open RAN while fostering an environment conducive to growth and investment.

Our Coalition looks forward to continuing to work with Chairwoman Rosenworcel to champion policies that underscore the importance of Open RAN in driving innovation, competition, vendor diversity and security for … Read More

Open RAN Policy Coalition Applauds Prague Proposals on Telecommunications Supplier Diversity

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, the Czech Republic hosted the third annual Prague 5G Security Conference and released the “Prague Proposals on Telecommunications Supplier Diversity.” The nine proposals recognize that a successful transition to 5G and beyond requires a diverse and competitive marketplace, and are intended as a guide for governments to promote supplier diversity and open and interoperable networks.

“The Open RAN Policy Coalition supports the Czech Republic’s Prague Proposals; open and interoperable telecoms networks support supplier diversity, supply chain resiliency and more secure networks. Continued government support for policies that lower barriers to entry, promote innovation, increase competition, improve network security and reduce costs are important to achieving a 5G ecosystem that is diverse, competitive and secure.”
-Diane Rinaldo, Executive Director, Open RAN Policy Coalition

“The Prague Proposals on Telecommunications Supplier Diversity acknowledge the critical role … Read More