O-RAN Alliance Conducts First Global Plugfest to Foster Adoption of Open and Interoperable 5G Radio Access Networks
The O-RAN Alliance successfully conducted its first worldwide plugfest and proof of concept to demonstrate the functionality as well as the multi-vendor interoperability of network equipment that complies with the recently published O1, A1, and Open Fronthaul interface specifications.
“O-RAN’s first global plugfest showcases the power of the community to document and develop truly open interface specifications with the potential to accelerate new 5G advanced services that will be multi-operator, multi-vendor, and create opportunities for the entire ecosystem,” said Andre Fuetsch, Chairman of the O-RAN Alliance and Chief Technology Officer of AT&T. “These live demonstrations represent yet another step toward the realization of O-RAN compliant 5G RAN solutions that should soon become part of the product offerings of both mainstream and niche vendors.”
Hosted by China Mobile, the plugfest Asian Session was held in the China Mobile International Information Port, an Open Test and Integration Center, with physical attendance well over 200 attendees from over 70 companies, plus on-line attendance of over 70 participants. Representatives from global operators including British Telecom, China Telecom, China Unicom, NTT DOCOMO, Orange, Reliance Jio, Telecom Italia Mobile and an operator from North America have actively participated in this event. The plugfest tested and integrated multi-vendor solutions that comply with the O-RAN Open Fronthaul interface and exercised decoupling different hardware technologies from the RAN software:
- Cloud-based small cell running on virtualization technology was demonstrated by CertusNet, Lenovo, ChengDu NTS and Inventec. It features a VM-based O-CU and containerized O-DU cohosted on the same x86 processor plus accelerator platform.
- Multi-vendor interoperability with 5G commercial products was demonstrated by NTT DOCOMO with Fujitsu and NEC.
- A low power configuration of cloud base station running on Yocto OS and container technology was demonstrated by Altran, ArrayComm, WindRiver, Baicells and CIG. It features the open architecture baseband signal processing based on ARM processor plus accelerator computing platform.
- Soft base station with O-RAN compliant open fronthaul interface, but without virtualization, was demonstrated by Radisys, Foxconn (Taiwan), QCT and Intel. It leverages open source software including the O-RAN Open Source Community’s OFH Lib, and BBDev based Accelerator Abstraction Layer SDK API.
- The interworking of the O-RAN open fronthaul interface was demonstrated on technology provided by FHK (Shenzen) and Viavi, which performs comprehensive tests based on the test specification by O-RAN with O-RU and UE emulator in a multiple-UE test environment.
The plugfest held in the NTT DOCOMO R&D Center presented multi-vendor interoperability between CU/O-DU and O-RU using the O-RAN Open Fronthaul interface and multi-vendor interoperability between eNB and gNB using the O-RAN X2 interface. The functionality has been successfully demonstrated by NTT DOCOMO, Fujitsu, NEC, and Nokia. NTT DOCOMO has already started 5G pre-commercial service with the presented products. An Open Test and Integration Center is planned to be established in Japan.
The plugfest and proof-of-concept conducted within an Open Test and Integration Center candidate in North America, 5G COSMOS, which consists of vendor and university labs in the NYC metro area, was hosted by AT&T and focused primarily on the validation of the O1 and A1 interfaces:
- Physical Network Function (PNF) Plug and Play, a 3GPP-aligned O1 use case that provides a means for service providers to collaborate with equipment vendors to have PNFs discovered by Service Management Orchestration (SMO) via a PNF registration handler, was demonstrated by Nokia, CommScope and Ericsson. Remote SMO functions were also demonstrated with connections to labs in France and Germany.
- Bulk Performance Management Data Collection was demonstrated by Ericsson and Nokia.
- O1 interface functionality for Configuration, Performance, and Fault Management of multi-vendor equipment via a vendor-agnostic SMO was demonstrated by Altiostar, CommScope, and Samsung.
- A1 interface functionality to optimize PCI/RSI for a large-scale RAN simulator using a closed loop automation framework was demonstrated by IBM, Tech Mahindra, Wipro and highstreet technologies.
- Convergence of the Open Fronthaul Management Plane specification with O1 interface was demonstrated by Samsung.
“The O-RAN Alliance has been continuously expanding its influence in the industry since its inception. It is really amazing to see such a symbolic milestone achieved just 10 months since its release of the first specification in MWC Barcelona this year,” said Zhengmao Li, EVP of China Mobile. “The successful holding of the plugfest event globally with deep contribution from over 30 partners represents a consolidated step towards a full disaggregated O-RAN compliant 5G network.”
Dr. Hiroshi Nakamura, EVP and CTO, NTT DOCOMO commented, "We believe wide adoption of O-RAN compliant products will enable more agile, flexible and cost-effective network construction, and welcome the testing and integration efforts of O-RAN standards that are being carried out across the globe. NTT DOCOMO will continue to lead O-RAN Alliance activities and expand its 5G network, and will accelerate the co-creation of 5G services and markets with vertical industry partners."
O-RAN Industry Briefing at MWC 2020
For a comprehensive update on O-RAN activities, including significant developments in Europe, the O-RAN community will come together for the O-RAN Industry Briefing event at MWC Barcelona 2020. Representatives from O-RAN operator and vendor member organizations will discuss and share views on the important steps towards realizing O-RAN compliant commercial solutions. O-RAN Alliance is looking forward to meeting you on Feb 25, 2020, 9:30-10:30 am at the Deutsche Telekom Booth, Hall 3, Booth 3M31.
About O-RAN Alliance
O-RAN Alliance is a world-wide community of more than 130 mobile operators, vendors, and research & academic institutions operating in the Radio Access Network (RAN) industry. As the RAN is an essential part of any mobile network, O-RAN Alliance’s mission is to re-shape the industry towards more intelligent, open, virtualized and fully interoperable mobile networks. The new O-RAN standards will enable a more competitive and vibrant RAN supplier ecosystem with faster innovation to improve user experience. O-RAN-compliant mobile networks will at the same time improve the efficiency of RAN deployments as well as operations by the mobile operators. To achieve this, O-RAN Alliance publishes new RAN specifications, releases open software for the RAN, and supports its members in integration and testing of their implementations.
For more information please visit www.o-ran.org.
O-RAN Alliance PR Contact
O-RAN Alliance e.V.
Buschkauler Weg 27
About Business Wire
For more than 50 years, Business Wire has been the global leader in press release distribution and regulatory disclosure.
Subscribe to releases from Business Wire
Subscribe to all the latest releases from Business Wire by registering your e-mail address below. You can unsubscribe at any time.
Latest releases from Business Wire
RLF-100 (aviptadil) clinical trial showed rapid recovery from respiratory failure and inhibition of coronavirus replication in human lung cells3.8.2020 20:03:00 EEST | Press release
NeuroRx, Inc. and Relief Therapeutics Holdings AG (SIX:RLF, OTC:RLFTF) “Relief” today announced that RLF-100 (aviptadil) showed rapid recovery from respiratory failure in the most critically ill patients with COVID-19. At the same time, independent researchers have reported that aviptadil blocked replication of the SARS coronavirus in human lung cells and monocytes. RLF-100 has been granted Fast Track designation by FDA and is being developed as a Material Threat Medical Countermeasure in cooperation with the National Institutes of Health and other federal agencies. Further research will be conducted. The first report of rapid clinical recovery under emergency use IND was posted by doctors from Houston Methodist Hospital. The report describes a 54-year-old man who developed COVID-19 while being treated for rejection of a double lung transplant and who came off a ventilator within four days.1 Similar results were subsequently seen in more than 15 patients treated under emergency use IND
Panasonic Corporation announces verification of inhibitory effect of hydroxyl radicals contained in water (nano-sized electrostatic atomized water particle) on novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2)3.8.2020 18:47:00 EEST | Press release
Panasonic Corporation today announced that, in collaboration with Mayo Yasugi, Associate Professor, Department of Veterinary Science, Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Osaka Prefecture University, it has verified the inhibitory effect of the hydroxyl radicals contained in water (nano-sized electrostatic atomized water particle) on the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). Hydroxyl radicals contained in water are particulate ions containing hydroxyl radicals that are generated by applying a high voltage to moisture in the air. They are characterized by being strongly oxidative and highly reactive. Panasonic has been conducting research on this technology over the past 20 years since 1997, and has verified its effectiveness in a variety of areas, including inhibiting pathogenic microorganism (bacteria, fungi, and viruses) and allergens, breaking down PM 2.5 components that have adverse effects on the human body*1. In 2012, Panasonic conducted a virus clearance test with a thi
OpenGate Capital Strengthens Management Team with Tenured Chief Financial Officer3.8.2020 17:43:00 EEST | Press release
OpenGate Capital, a global private equity firm, announced today that their senior leadership team has expanded with the addition of Heather Malloy who joined the firm today as Chief Financial Officer based in the firm’s Los Angeles office. Malloy is a tenured, private equity finance executive with an extensive background in corporate strategy, structuring, and systems. She is experienced in control buyouts, senior, junior, and mezzanine debt, structured finance, and asset-backed securities. Prior to joining OpenGate, Malloy was a management consultant at Riva Ridge Management, and she previously served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at Strattam Capital for six years. In her role at OpenGate Capital, Malloy is responsible for the financial and administrative matters of OpenGate Capital, the funds under OpenGate’s management, and the financial supervision of OpenGate’s global portfolio companies. Andrew Nikou, OpenGate’s Founder and Chief Executive Officer stated,
Alpega Partners with project44 to Deliver Advanced Visibility in North America and Europe3.8.2020 17:15:00 EEST | Press release
Alpega, a global provider of cloud-based transportation management systems (TMS), today announced as part of its growing value-adding partner ecosystem, it has partnered with project44, a global leader in supply chain visibility for shippers and logistics service providers. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20200803005311/en/ Alpega Partners with project44 to Deliver Advanced Visibility in North America and Europe (Photo: Business Wire) The partnership delivers real-time truckload tracking integration and serves Alpega customers of all industries and verticals across North America and Europe. “We are happy to join efforts with Alpega to serve our global community of customers,” said Tommy Barnes, Head of Global Network Partnerships at project44. “We want to enable supply chain professionals all over the world to make informed decisions based on high quality, real-time data, and drive more operational efficiencies
JEOL: Release of the New Scanning Electron Microscope JSM-IT700HR3.8.2020 17:00:00 EEST | Press release
JEOL Ltd. (TOKYO:6951) (President & COO Izumi Oi) announces the release of a new scanning electron microscope (SEM), the JSM-IT700HR for unprecedentedly high throughput in August 2020. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20200803005011/en/ Note: The photo of the instrument is JSM-IT700HR/LA. (Photo: Business Wire) Development background Scanning electron microscopes are used in various fields, such as nanotechnology, metals, semiconductors, ceramics, medicine, and biology. In addition, SEM applications are expanding to include quality control as well as basic research. The demands are increasing for faster data acquisition of higher-quality SEM images and for easier confirmation of compositional information. Based on our award-winning predecessor of “InTouchScope™” series SEMs, the JSM-IT700HR is equipped with our in-lens Schottky field emission electron gun (FEG). This new powerful SEM satisfies the needs for obser
Immervision Orders Investigation by Ad Hoc Research to Clearly See Smartphone Camera Performance from End Users Point of View3.8.2020 16:00:00 EEST | Press release
Immervision, the Montreal-based developer and licensor of patented, wide-angle optics and imaging technology, today announced its 2020 Smartphone Camera survey results in cooperation with Ad Hoc Research. Amid confusing end-user comments on photos and videos and disagreement between phone makers on what has to be done, Immervision decided to investigate what end-user like or don’t like from their phone’s cameras. It revealed no smartphone brand, even the flagship brands, is performing well in consumers’ experience in taking photos. The survey included 1,557 consumers located in California, China and South Korea who selected pictures they preferred amongst 10 images for each of the four scenes comprising city landscape and people. Photos were taken on settings from the same angle and under the same environmental conditions. Results were based on region, age, gender. Data was collected February 20 - March 5, 2020. Ad Hoc Research said, “Our study showed that with current functionalities,
In our pressroom you can read all our latest releases, find our press contacts, images, documents and other relevant information about us.Visit our pressroom