As an important member of O-RAN, Chengdu NTS participates in launching 5G base station OTIC (Ope

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                     Carriers, vendors ramp up open RAN collaboration


Focused on the goal of delivering fully disaggregated, multi-vendor   radio   access   network sites, the Open Test and Integration Center will serve as a sandbox for vendors and carriers to explore interoperability and validation of open RAN technologies.


Just like trends around virtualization and disaggregation in the core network, the whole idea here is to upend the proprietary, vendor lock-in   RAN   model   by   switching   over   to   general-purpose   IT   hardware   running   specialized   software.   This   would   give   carriers   more flexibility and mesh with the long-term   move   toward   5G   network   slicing   while   also reducing RAN-facing   capex,   which   is   the   bulk   of   investment,   particularly   in   a   generational upgrade cycle.


The Open Test and Integration Center was stood up by China Mobile, Reliance Jio, China Telecom, China Unicom, Intel, Radisys, Samsung, Airspan, Baicells, CertusNet, Mavenir, Lenovo, Ruijie Network, Inspur, Sylincom, WindRiver, ArrayComm and Chengdu NTS.


China Mobile EVP Li Zhengmao called out “operational efficiencies” associated the open RAN efforts and said, “Its disaggregated architecture focuses on open interfaces, open source software, open hardware reference design, and embedded AI/ML and data analytics. CMCC will initiate an OTIC in Beijing, China, which should provide the common platform for solutions to be operationally ready to enable end-to-end   interoperability   and deployment in scale; as well as to be hardened for reliability, performance, scalability, and security that operator networks require.”


Reliance Jio is an interesting operator in that it built a brand new, nationwide LTE   network in India using a cloud-native   architecture;   formerly   of   Reliance J io,   Rakuten   Mobile   CTO Tariq   Amen   is   taking   the   same   approach   to   a   greenfield   network   build in Japan.


Jio’s President Matthew Oommen said the operator “has been able to fundamentally disrupt the telecom, however we realize that disruption and innovation is a continuous process. We are fast-tracking our efforts in 5G and open technologies…The   OTIC   is   an   important step toward enabling the commercialization of the Open RAN Platform and the new model for wireless networks.”


According to foreign media reports, the O-RAN Alliance   has   made   another big move recently, launching the 5G base station OTIC (Open Test and Integration Center) plan to promote the testing and integration of O-RAN.   Chengdu NTS   ,   as   an   important member of the O-RAN   Alliance,   jointly   initiates   and   participates   in   the   cooperation   of "5G   Base   Station   Decoupling and Integrated Testing Verification" with operators and other industrial partners. We call on more partners to join us and jointly promote   wireless access network solutions conforming to the O-RAN   specification   in   order   to   achieve   an   open and decoupled 5G network.


Chengdu NTS will present its 5G O-RAN   Base   Station   Solution   with   its partners at the World Mobile Congress in   Los   Angeles,   USA, from   October 22 to 24, and looking forward   to visiting   and exchanging   with   friends from the industry.


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