TIP and ORAN Take First Steps on Path to VRAN
Facebook’s Telecom Infra Project (TIP) recently announced that two of its members, Telefónica and Vodafone, each issued a Request for Information (RFI) for OpenRAN solutions for 3G and 4G mobile networks. The companies plan to identify vendors of Radio Access Network (RAN) equipment compliant with the OpenRAN requirements published by TIP’s OpenRAN project group. The OpenRAN project group aims to develop fully Virtualized RAN (VRAN) solutions capable of being implemented on Commercial Off-the-Shelf (COTS) hardware. Only equipment that demonstrates open interoperability between baseband processing, radio hardware, and software will be evaluated. The companies expect to present the results of the RFI and name the vendors that meet the RFI requirements at the TIP Summit 2018 in London in October, and to identify those vendors that meet RFI requirements.
TIP is not the only association investigating RAN virtualization. The xRAN Forum has also been investing the topic and has merged with the C-RAN Alliance to form the ORAN Alliance. (The…
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