Ericsson Joins O-RAN Alliance to Drive Evolution of RAN, Orchestration and Automation

Ericsson Joins O-RAN Alliance to Drive Evolution of RAN, Orchestration and Automation Image Credit: Ericsson

Ericsson has joined the O-RAN Alliance, a network operator-led initiative founded last year by AT&T, China Mobile, Deutsche Telekom, NTT DoCoMo and Orange to evolve RAN architecture and orchestration built on openness, intelligence, flexibility and performance.

As a member, the company said it will focus on the open interworking between RAN and network orchestration and automation, with emphasis on AI-enabled closed-loop automation and end-to-end optimization, to lower operating cost and improve end-user performance.

Ericsson will also focus on the upper-layer function as specified in 3GPP to provide interoperable multivendor profiles for specified interfaces between central RAN functions, resulting in faster deployment of 5G networks on a global scale.

Ericsson has driven, and continues to drive, the industry towards open interfaces as part of its standardization work. The company is recognized as leaders in 3GPP and is actively contributing to several open-source communities including Linux, ONAP and OpenStack to secure open platforms useful for mobile networks.

The company’s engagement with the O-RAN Alliance is based on the future needs of mobile network service providers, and how networks must evolve to enable broad range of services with strong focus on quality, performance and security.

Erik Ekudden, SVP and CTO, Ericsson
Ericsson is a strong supporter of openness in the industry, and the benefits this has on global ecosystems and innovations. Our ambition is to actively support and drive discussions and developments around future RAN architectures and open interfaces. 

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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