O-RAN Alliance, TIP partner on open Radio Access Networks

O-RAN Alliance and TIP partner on Open Radio Access Networks

28 February 2020 | Natalie Bannerman

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The O-RAN Alliance (O-RAN) and the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) have entered into a liaison agreement to develop interoperable open Radio Access Network (RAN) solutions.

“This new collaboration framework between O-RAN and TIP, two major initiatives in the area of open networking, will support our mission to re-shape the RAN industry towards open and intelligent mobile network infrastructure,” said Alex Jinsung Choi, COO of the O-RAN Alliance and SVP strategy & technology innovation, Deutsche Telekom.

“Alignment on O-RAN interoperability efforts will help the industry to speed up the delivery of commercial open RAN solutions. The establishment of the first joint O-RAN Open Test and Integration Center (OTIC) with the TIP Community Lab in Berlin is a concrete step to facilitate this multi-community approach.”

Under the liaison agreement O-RAN and TIP will reach a new level of collaboration for open RAN, allowing the two to share information, reference specifications and conduct joint testing and integration efforts.

“TIP’s OpenRAN solutions are an important element of our work to accelerate innovation across all elements of the network including access, transport, core & services. Across the TIP community, we are seeing increasing demand and have achieved meaningful progress with OpenRAN deployments around the world,” said Attilio Zani (pictured), executive director of Telecom Infra Project.

“With this collaboration framework in place, TIP and O-RAN will work together to develop interoperable 5G RAN solutions. One of our first outputs will be the release of the OpenRAN 5GNR NR Base Station Platform requirements document with normative references to the O-RAN specifications.”

O-RAN focuses on the development of open, intelligent, virtualised and interoperable RAN specifications. This vision complements that of TIP’s, which is to deploy end-to-end disaggregated telecom infrastructure in various different environments.