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

Statement on U.S. House passage of the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022

Today the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022. Below is a statement from Open RAN Policy Coalition Executive Director Diane Rinaldo:

“The Open RAN Policy Coalition applauds the U.S. House of Representatives for its passage of the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022. The funding for Open RAN research and development included in this legislation is critical to increasing supplier diversity and catapulting the next generation of telecommunications network innovation. Our Coalition believes that government support is essential for the ongoing development and deployment of Open RAN 5G (and future generation) technology. This investment by Congress now will foster the creation of a secure, sustainable and future-proof supply chain for wireless network technologies.”… Read More

Statement on U.S. Senate passage of the CHIPS Act of 2022

Today the U.S. Senate voted to pass the CHIPS Act of 2022. Below is a statement from Open RAN Policy Coalition Executive Director Diane Rinaldo:

“The Open RAN Policy Coalition commends the U.S. Senate for its passage of the CHIPS Act, legislation that includes funding to invest in a reliable and secure Open RAN telecommunications supply chain. This funding is critical to the ongoing development and deployment of 5G and advanced wireless networks, and will encourage continued innovation and competition in the telecommunications ecosystem. That Open RAN has received broad and bipartisan support across U.S. and allied nation governments is testament to its ability to leverage private sector ingenuity and public-private partnerships to further advance wireless technologies.

Our Coalition is grateful to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senator Todd Young for their leadership on this important legislation, and to … Read More

U.S.-India Business Council and Open RAN Policy Coalition Host Roundtable on Partnerships to Drive 5G Deployments and Open RAN Scalability

On June 15, the U.S.-India Business Council and the Open RAN Policy Coalition hosted a joint roundtable on global deployments in Open RAN with a specific focus on India.

“The confluence of Open RAN deployments and 5G rollouts provides a unique opportunity to rebalance technology competitiveness, add security and diversity to telecoms supply chains and vendor markets, and importantly, innovate, expand capacity and improve the customer experience,” said Diane Rinaldo, Executive Director of the Open RAN Policy Coalition. “By promoting open, interoperable hardware and software, the deployments of 5G systems could dramatically reshape the way operators invest and build while providing consumer benefit through secure networks at lower cost.

The event, Partnerships to Drive 5G Deployments and Open RAN Scalability, featured scene-setting remarks from Anne Neuberger, Deputy National Security Advisor for Cyber and Emerging Technology and FCC Chairwoman Jessica … Read More

Statement on the Quad Leaders’ Tokyo Summit 2022

On May 24, the leaders of governments participating in the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue released a Quad Joint Leaders’ Statement and accompanying Fact Sheet on the Quad Leaders’ Tokyo Summit 2022.

“The Open RAN Policy Coalition is delighted to see that discussions between Quad governments on Critical and Emerging Technologies have continued and that the advancement of interoperability, security, supplier diversity and Open RAN remains a priority. We look forward to continuing our dialogue with the Quad governments in the months ahead and continuing to advance Open RAN in the Indo-Pacific region.”
-Diane Rinaldo, Executive Director

“We’re pleased to see the announcement of a new Memorandum of Cooperation on 5G Supplier Diversification and Open RAN, under which the Quad governments can further cooperate on technical exchanges and testbed activity to advance interoperability and telecommunications cybersecurity. This year, the Open RAN Policy

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Statement on the Indo-Pacific Strategy of the United States

The “Indo-Pacific Strategy of the United States,” a national strategy document released by the White House, outlines a positive vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific that is more connected, prosperous, secure, and resilient.

“The Open RAN Policy Coalition is pleased to see support for Open RAN included in the Indo-Pacific Strategy of the United States; encouraging openness and interoperability in the radio access network will help ensure that digital infrastructure in the region remains secure. Government support for supplier diversity and cooperation through research and development, shared access to test beds and enabling the development of standards are critical in promoting supply chain resiliency and more secure networks.”
-Diane Rinaldo, Executive Director, Open RAN Policy Coalition

“In addition to specifying Open RAN as an opportunity to promote secure and trustworthy digital infrastructure, the Indo-Pacific Strategy of the … Read More

Statement on U.S. House passage of the America COMPETES Act of 2022

Today the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass the America COMPETES Act of 2022. Below is a statement from Open RAN Policy Coalition Executive Director Diane Rinaldo:

“The Open RAN Policy Coalition applauds the U.S. House of Representatives for its passage of the America COMPETES Act, legislation that recognizes the importance of Open RAN in establishing supply chain resiliency and supporting innovation. Funding and provisions in the Act that support the creation of a Public Wireless Supply Chain Innovation Fund and Open RAN programs will help bolster advanced wireless networks and future-proof our telecommunications systems.

5G supply chain security has implications for telecom policy, economic policy and economic security, which is why the Open RAN Policy Coalition encourages members in both the House and Senate to support the passage of legislation that funds the goals set forth in the … Read More

Statement on National Security Leaders’ Letter to Congress in Support of Bipartisan Competitiveness Legislation

More than a dozen former senior U.S. national security officials released a letter encouraging Congress to quickly pass legislation funding critical technology efforts. Below is a statement from Open RAN Policy Coalition Executive Director Diane Rinaldo:

“We are pleased to see that a letter signed by top national security leaders in support of the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act of 2021 (USICA) acknowledged the USA Telecommunications Act and Open RAN as strategic portions of the supply chain. Government support for the transition to open and interoperable networks is critical for establishing supply chain resiliency and supporting continued innovation; as these leaders recognize, 5G supply chain security has implications not only for telecom policy, but also for economic policy and economic security. The Open RAN Policy Coalition supports the passage of legislation that funds the goals set forth in the previously … 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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