CORD Project, xRAN Consortium align on software for next generation radio access network

CORD Project, an open source project reinventing network access, has inked an agreement to partner with xRAN Foundation, to collaborate, standardize and promote a software-based, extensible Radio Access Network (xRAN) architecture, the company said.

The partnership will create a carrier grade open reference implementation of xRAN spec within M-CORD for next generation RAN.

Current RAN architectures are built using largely proprietary, closed systems. In addition, the emergence of 5G requirements, including very low latency, high throughput, availability and connection density, present technical challenges that call for faster innovation and operator flexibility to meet increasing customer demands and future operational and efficiency requirements.

To address these challenges and transform the RAN architecture, CORD Project and xRAN are bringing together two ecosystems of leading service providers, vendors, innovators and open source communities. Going forward, the xRAN consortium will focus on software-defined standards for the architecture and interface definitions for next-generation RAN.

The CORD Project community will focus on implementation of xRAN standard APIs, a RAN controller built on ONOS, (Open Network Operating System) and example RAN control applications for the M-CORD platform leveraging a variety of open and closed hardware options from multiple vendors.

CORD is an independently funded software project hosted by The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit advancing professional open source management for mass collaboration to fuel innovation across industries and ecosystems.

The xRAN Foundation was formed to develop, standardize and promote an open alternative to the traditionally closed, hardware-based RAN architecture. xRAN fundamentally advances RAN architecture in three areas — decouples the RAN control plane from the user plane, builds a modular eNB software stack that operates on common-off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware and publishes open north- and south-bound interfaces to the industry.

The Open Networking Foundation (ONF), the recognized leader and standard bearer for SDN. Launched in 2011, the ONF has successfully taken Software Defined Networking (SDN) from obscurity to the universally accepted vision for next generation networking.