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

More from Barcelona: ORPC and Member Announcements at MWC

Join us at MWC on Wednesday, March 1 at the TIP Pavilion, where ORPC Executive Director Diane Rinaldo will interview Dr. Thomas Rondeau, PhD, Principal Director for FutureG & 5G, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering. They’ll be on the TIP stage from 2-2:30pm in Hall 5 Stand 5A40.

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

  • DeepSig will be showcasing their widely deployed AI-driven RF Awareness product, OmniSIG® in the live MWC environment. Pairing machine learning and augmented reality, attendees will be able to see real-time RF signals being collected and classified in an immersive AR experience for the first time.
  • Fujitsu announced the launch of a new 5G vRAN solution combining Fujitsu’s virtualized CU (vCU) and virtualized DU (vDU) with NVIDIA’s GPU technology. Fujitsu will start offering the new solution
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ORPC is at MWC Barcelona!

The Open RAN Policy Coalition is excited to be back in Barcelona for MWC this week, February 27 – March 2.

ORPC Executive Director Diane Rinaldo will participate in a panel discussion on Wednesday as part of the Fujitsu Partner Program on Network Trust – How To Securely Connect Cyber World To Physical World. The discussion, moderated by Fujitsu’s Femi Adeyemi, 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.

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

  • Cohere Technologies launched a new automated MU-MIMO beamforming solution for calibrating 4G and 5G networks using existing network and spectrum assets. The new Dynamic Network Alignment (DNA) solution applies the
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Open RAN Policy Coalition Files Comments with NTIA on Public Wireless Supply Chain Innovation Fund Implementation

Today the Open RAN Policy Coalition filed comments in response to the National Telecommunications and Information Agency’s (NTIA’s) request for comment on Implementing the Public Wireless Supply Chain Innovation Fund, a critical linchpin in the broadband and technology infrastructure investments under NTIA’s stewardship.

In its comments, the Coalition writes, “Enhancing interoperability and diversity throughout communications network supply chains will foster innovation, drive competition, and bolster resiliency in ways that augment and amplify the goals of related programs under the CHIPS Act and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. This, in turn, will serve as a catalyst to accelerate Open RAN advances in the immediate near term and create scale as soon as possible. Therefore, time is of the essence, and ORPC urges NTIA to fund key projects as soon as possible this year.”

The filing emphasizes that with targeted funding … Read More

Open RAN North America: December 7-8, NYC

The Open RAN Policy Coalition is excited to be in New York City for Open RAN North America on December 7-8. The conference will include attendees from across the RAN ecosystem, including service providers, enterprises, the public sector, vendors, industry associations and academia.

On December 8 at 2:30 p.m. our Coalition will host a policy workshop on “Overcoming Barriers to 5G Deployment through R&D, Test Beds and Interoperability”. This session will feature a panel discussion moderated by Executive Director Diane Rinaldo, that will address questions such as:

  • What strategies can governments and the private sector undertake to promote supply chain security while avoiding mandates and maintaining technology neutrality?
  • How can smart policies encourage the continued adoption of open and interoperable solutions in the RAN and emergence of diverse vendors in the telecoms ecosystem?
  • What are the research needs
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In Amsterdam: 5G World / Network X Event

This week, ORPC will be at the 5G World / Network X event, taking place October 18-20 at RAI in Amsterdam. Network X is the new home of the long-running 5G World and Broadband World Forum, which sets out to provide a universal view of the state of telco in 2022. The agenda for this year’s event includes a number of talks on Open RAN, including a look at the inevitability of Open RAN, evolution of the RIC and vRAN today.

On October 20 at 1:15 p.m. John Baker, Open RAN Policy Coalition Board Member and Senior Vice President for Ecosystem Business Development at Mavenir, will interview Tom Rumbelow, Senior Policy Lead for Open RAN and R&D at the UK Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sports (DCMS). In their talk, they will cover “Open RAN Policy: Strategies for … Read More

Open RAN Policy Coalition Announces the Election of Three New Board Members

The Open RAN Policy Coalition is pleased to announce the election of three new members to its board of directors, which supports the Coalition’s efforts to promote policies that will advance the adoption of open and interoperable solutions in the Radio Access Network (RAN).

The newly-elected board members include Rachelle Celebrezze, Senior Director of Government Relations at VMware; John Godfrey, Senior Vice President of Public Policy at Samsung Electronics America; and Greg Manganello, Senior Vice President and Head of 5G Radio and Network Services Business Units at Fujitsu and Chairman of TrueNet Communications, a Fujitsu company.

“The Open RAN Policy Coalition is excited to expand our leadership and congratulates our newest board members on their election,” said Coalition Executive Director Diane Rinaldo.

“Our membership looks forward to having Rachelle, John and Greg offer their diverse expertise and insight as we … Read More

Statement on President Biden signing the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022

Today President Biden signed the bipartisan CHIPS and Science Act of 2022 into law. Below is a statement from Open RAN Policy Coalition Executive Director Diane Rinaldo:

“Today President Biden signed into law the bipartisan CHIPS and Science Act of 2022, landmark legislation that contains funding for research and development critical to increasing supplier diversity, as well as the ongoing deployment of Open RAN. This historic investment in the creation of reliable, secure and sustainable telecommunications supply chain would not have been possible without support from President Biden, Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo, and Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle. The Open RAN Policy Coalition applauds their diligent work to further advance wireless technologies and their leadership in working together to get this important legislation across the finish line.”… Read More