Statement on Senate Passage of the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act

Today the U.S. Senate voted to pass the United States Innovation and Competition Act. Below is a statement from Open RAN Policy Coalition Executive Director Diane Rinaldo:

“The Open RAN Policy Coalition applauds the U.S. Senate for its passage of the United States Innovation and Competition Act (USICA), legislation that recognizes the importance of Open RAN in establishing supply chain resiliency and supporting innovation. 5G supply chain security has implications not only for telecom policy, but also for economic policy and economic security.

Provisions in the USICA allowing for the creation of a $1.5 billion Public Wireless Innovation Fund and $500 million for a joint semiconductor and Open RAN multilateral program, both originally authorized as part of the USA Telecommunications Act, will help bolster advanced wireless networks and future-proof our telecommunications systems.

We would like to thank Senate Majority Leader … Read More

Open RAN Policy Coalition Files Comments with FCC on Promoting the Deployment of 5G Open RAN

Contact: Emily Covington
[email protected]

WASHINGTON, DC –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.

In its comments, the Coalition writes, “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.”

The submission details 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
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Coalition of Coalitions to Collaborate on Global Open RAN Objectives

Contact: Emily Covington
[email protected]
January 27, 2021

We are excited to announce a coalition of coalitions to collaborate on global Open RAN issues. As nations begin to deploy next generation networks, our goal is to make certain that a healthy, robust ecosystem exists to ensure competition and consumer quality. 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.

Participating Coalitions include the following:

  • BSA | The Software Alliance
  • CableLabs
  • GSMA
  • Open RAN Policy Coalition
  • Telecom Infra Project (TIP)

Quote from BSA:
“BSA looks forward to collaborating with the Open RAN Policy Coalition to help networks harness the benefits of Open RAN technologies. Software and cloud services will play a central role in new network architectures, generating greater flexibility and agility while providing … Read More

The Open RAN Policy Coalition congratulates Jessica Rosenworcel on her designation of Acting Chairwoman of the Federal Communications Commission. Below is a statement from Executive Director Diane Rinaldo:

“The Open RAN Policy Coalition congratulates Jessica Rosenworcel on her designation as Acting Chair of the Federal Communications Commission. Chairwoman Rosenworcel has recognized that Open RAN is an important part of 5G deployment for both our economy and national security, and that we need private sector and government collaboration on research and development, testbeds, and participation in international standards-setting organizations. We look forward to working with her in support of policies that underscore the potential of Open RAN for spurring innovation and competition, and creating a diverse and secure supply chain for advanced wireless technologies including 5G.” … Read More

Statement on the FCC Vote to Implement the Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Act

Today the FCC voted to implement the Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Act of 2019. Below is a statement from Open RAN Policy Coalition Executive Director Diane Rinaldo:

“The Open RAN Policy Coalition applauds the Federal Communications Commission for its unanimous vote in support of making Open RAN solutions eligible for the Secure and Trusted Communications Network Reimbursement Program. Because open and interoperable interfaces provide a foundation and architecture for security in the U.S communications supply chain, carriers should be encouraged to consider such solutions when upgrading or replacing equipment. We urge Congress to appropriate the necessary funding for this program as soon as possible.”… Read More

OPEN RAN POLICY COALITION STATEMENT ON 2021 NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT

The Open RAN Policy Coalition today issued the following statement on the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act provisions on 5G and the wireless supply chain:

“The Open RAN Policy Coalition is extremely pleased to see that the National Defense Authorization Act conference report includes provisions, including the USA Telecommunications Act, addressing 5G innovation and the wireless supply chain. Moving to open and interoperable solutions in the RAN promotes innovation and will ensure a supply chain that is competitive and secure. The support of Congress is critical to making that happen, and we applaud Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Acting Chairman Marco Rubio and Vice Chairman Mark Warner, along with House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone and Ranking Member Greg Walden, for their leadership on this important issue.

The Coalition also applauds Congress’ commitment to enhancing U.S. participation in … Read More

OPEN RAN POLICY COALITION RELEASES POLICY ROADMAP

WASHINGTON, DC –The Open RAN Policy Coalition todayreleased a new Policy Roadmap, outlining the steps that governments and policymakers can take to accelerate adoption of open standards in the RAN and promote a network ecosystem that is more diverse, competitive and secure. 

“The Coalition has convened discussions with 23 governments over the past three months and there is clear interest in the ability of Open RAN to support objectives such as expanding the diversity of suppliers, reducing the cost of network construction and bridging the digital divide in the age of COVID,” said Open RAN Policy Coalition Director of International Programs Alexander Botting. “Many of the governments we’ve spoken with are planning to implement policies that will accelerate the adoption of open and interoperable solutions in the RAN. This Roadmap can be a valuable tool for them as they seek … Read More

OPEN RAN POLICY COALITION WELCOMES NEW MEMBERS BENETEL AND DEUTSCHE TELEKOM

The Open RAN Policy Coalition is pleased to announce that it recently welcomed Benetel and Deutsche Telekom to its membership, which now totals 56 global technology companies in support of policies that promote the adoption of open and interoperable solutions in the Radio Access Network (RAN).

“We are thrilled to have two new international members join our coalition. It is clear that the potential of Open RAN is being embraced worldwide, with deployments on five continents already,” said Diane Rinaldo, Executive Director of the Open RAN Policy Coalition.  “Standardizing interfaces in the RAN encourages a variety of models to emerge and compete, and is helping to create a vibrant international marketplace that will drive advanced wireless networks for 5G and beyond.”

The Open RAN Policy Coalition is a diverse group of information and communications technology companies in support of policies … Read More

OPEN RAN POLICY COALITION WELCOMES FOURTEEN NEW MEMBERS

Contact: Emily Covington
[email protected]
June 12, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC – The Open RAN Policy Coalition is pleased to welcome 14 new companies to its membership. New members include Ciena, Cohere Technologies, Crown Castle, DeepSig, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, JMA Wireless, Marvell Technology Group, Nokia, Pivotal Commware, Quanta Cloud Technology, Radisys, Reliance Jio, Robin.io, and U.S. Cellular.  Coalition membership now totals 45 global technology companies.

“We are pleased with the level of new membership interest the Coalition has received since launching last month,” said Executive Director Diane Rinaldo. “It is testament to the role of Open RAN technology in the future of wireless, and we look forward to further expanding our diverse membership.”

Members of the Open RAN Policy Coalition support policies that promote the adoption of open and interoperable solutions in the Radio Access Network (RAN).

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OPEN RAN POLICY COALITION ELECTS BOARD OF DIRECTORS, EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Contact: Emily Covington
[email protected]
May 20, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC – The Open RAN Policy Coalition, a group of more than 30 global technology companies formed to promote policies that will advance the adoption of open and interoperable solutions in the Radio Access Network (RAN) and expand the supply chain for advanced wireless technologies, elected representatives from 12 companies to serve on the Coalition’s Board of Directors.

Chris Boyer of AT&T was elected to serve as the Coalition’s Chairman; Eric Wenger of Cisco will serve as Vice-Chair; Nick Fetchko of Verizon as Treasurer; and Becky Fraser of Qualcomm as Secretary.

At-large Board members elected include Thierry Maupile of Altiostar; Jeff Blum of DISH Network; Robert Pepper of Facebook, Jayne Stancavage of Intel; John Baker of Mavenir; David Jeppsen of NTT; Azita Arvani of Rakuten Mobile; and Ed Howard of Vodafone.

The … Read More