O-RAN Announces Certification and Badges Program, Next Generation Research Group, Open RAN Summit, and Spring 2022 PlugFest Results


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  • O-RAN ALLIANCE Industry Summit June 2022 available for broadcast on demand

  • O-RAN certification and badging program in cooperation with OTICs

  • O-RAN Next Generations research group will focus on future network standards

  • Open RAN Summit @ Fyuz to be held on October 25 and 26, 2022 in Madrid

  • O-RAN Global PlugFest Spring 2022 ended at 3 locations with 50 attendees

BONN, Germany–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Since its inception in 2018, the mission of the O-RAN ALLIANCE has been to transform radio access networks into an open, intelligent, virtualized and fully interoperable RAN. Today, the O-RAN ecosystem includes more than 340 companies and institutions from all over the world. O-RAN’s emphasis on openness is reflected in its configuration as an open technical organization, according to WTO criteria, to which current and emerging industry players or academic institutions can join and contribute.

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O-RAN ALLIANCE Industry Summit June 2022

The O-RAN ALLIANCE June 2022 Industry Summit ended on June 29, 2022 and is now available for on-demand replay on our website.

O-RAN certification and badging program in cooperation with Open Testing and Integration Centers (OTIC)

O-RAN ALLIANCE has launched its certification and badging program. O-RAN certificates indicate that a piece of equipment or function complies with O-RAN specifications, while O-RAN badges confirm the interoperability or end-to-end functionality of an O-RAN solution. O-RAN certificates and badges will be issued by the Open Testing and Integration Centers, or OTIC.

OTICs provide a collaborative, open and unbiased working environment to ensure consistency and quality in the testing of O-RAN products and solutions. O-RAN ALLIANCE has just approved the 7th OTIC and the first in America: Kyrio O-RAN Test and Integration Lab hosted by CableLabs.

See the full list of approved OTICs on our website.

O-RAN Next Generations research group will focus on future network standards

O-RAN ALLIANCE has formed its Next Generations Research Group (nGRG).

“The nGRG will focus on researching open and intelligent RAN principles in 6G and future network standards,” said Chih-Lin I, Co-Chair of O-RAN Technical Steering Committee and Chief Scientist, Wireless Technologies, China. Mobile Research Institute. “We are seeing very positive adoption of nGRG from the O-RAN ecosystem as well as the academic sphere and we look forward to seeing further progress in research.”

The Open RAN Summit @ Fyuz will be held on October 25-26, 2022 in Madrid

O-RAN ALLIANCE is delighted to announce the Open RAN Summit @ Fyuz, powered by O-RAN ALLIANCE and Telecom Infra Project, taking place in Madrid on October 25-26, 2022. We welcome TIP as they join us for this combined event.

Designed to bring together stakeholders from across the ecosystem, the Open RAN Summit in Fyuz will showcase the latest in the industry as we move towards more disaggregated, intelligent, open and fully interoperable mobile networks. All this, served in a unique experience combining technology and gastronomy to stimulate your imagination. Learn more and register for Fyouz Event Website.

O-RAN Global PlugFest Spring 2022 ended on 3 continents with 50 attendees

Starting this year, O-RAN ALLIANCE is moving to hosting two global PlugFests per year, to meet the ever-growing interest of the diverse O-RAN community to effectively test and integrate their O-RAN solutions.

O-RAN Global PlugFest Spring 2022 was held across 3 continents with 50 participating companies or institutions, some of which attended more than one location.

In North America, the O-RAN ‘PoCFest’ hosted by AT&T and DISH spread over 4 laboratories in cooperation with several universities:

  • TIP Community Lab at Meta, Menlo Park CA

  • POWDER Lab and NSF PAWR SITE with the University of Utah

  • COSMOS Lab and NSF PAWR SITE with Rutgers University, Columbia University, NYU Wireless

  • Interoperability Laboratory at the University of New Hampshire

Activities focused on use case demonstrations within the detailed specification of O-RAN version 6.0 and 7.0 use cases, as well as use cases being specified, such as economy energy / energy efficiency. Over 20 unique O-RAN components have been tested for compliance with O-RAN specifications.

The Proof-of-Concept approach has also supported the evolution of testbeds in companies and research institutions, which should accelerate the availability of next-generation research platforms, in line with the mission of the recently created nGRG. within O-RAN.

In addition to hosts and labs, participants included Analog Devices, Anritsu, Calnex Solutions, Cisco, Fujitsu, HCL, highstreet technologies, IP Infusion, ITRI, Juniper Networks, Keysight Technologies, META, NSF ARA: Living Wireless Lab, NSF PAWR: AERPAW, NSF PAWR: Colosseum, Rohde & Schwarz , VIAVI Solutions, VMware and Wind River.

In Europe, the O-RAN PlugFest Spring 2022 hosted by Telefonica took place at the European OTIC in Madrid.

Activities focused on testing Xhaul open transport solutions, including data plane functional and performance testing, as well as synchronization. The test scenarios mimicked realistic deployments with a variety of technologies, protocols, and encapsulations, in order to gain meaningful insights into the tested solutions. There were three configurations with different transport equipment, two instrument suppliers and one transceiver manufacturer.

In addition to the host, attendees included ADVA Optical Networking, Juniper Networks, Keysight Technologies, Precision Optical Transceivers, Ribbon and VIAVI Solutions.

In Asia, O-RAN PlugFest Spring 2022 organized by Auray took place at Auray OTIC and Security Lab.

Divided into 18 test cases, the activities focused on verifying and validating the applicability of tests in a lab environment, particularly for Open Fronthaul testing, end-to-end testing, and types of testing. security by denial of service (DoS) and indiscriminate exploitation.

The actions carried out covered a dry run of the O-RAN certification and badge, verifying the associated processes and procedures.

The PlugFest also included Open RAN Testing and Optimization for Industrial IoT – a smart scoring methodology for end-to-end service experience based on 3GPP 5G E2E KPIs.

In addition to the host, attendees included Alpha Networks, Askey Computer, Calnex Solutions, Foxconn, Institute for Information Industry, Inventec, IP Infusion, ITRI, JPC Connectivity, Keysight Technologies, Lions Technology, LITEON, MICAS, NKG, Pegatron, QCT, REIGN Technology, Rohde & Schwarz, Sageran , VIAVI Solutions and WNC.

The O-RAN ALLIANCE is preparing a web announcement and virtual showcase to allow the interested public to explore the O-RAN Global PlugFest Spring 2022 in detail – coming soon to our website.

About O-RAN ALLIANCE

The O-RAN ALLIANCE is a global community of over 340 mobile operators, vendors and research and academic institutions operating in the radio access network (RAN) industry. As RAN is an essential part of any mobile network, the mission of the O-RAN ALLIANCE is to reshape the industry towards smarter, open, virtualized and fully interoperable mobile networks. The new O-RAN specifications enable a more competitive and dynamic RAN vendor ecosystem with faster innovation to improve user experience. Mobile networks based on O-RAN simultaneously improve the efficiency of RAN deployments as well as operations by mobile operators. To achieve this, the O-RAN ALLIANCE publishes new RAN specifications, publishes open software for RAN and supports its members in integrating and testing their implementations.

For more information, please visit www.o-ran.org.

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