Global Operators and Suppliers Reach Across Borders to Collaborate on Open Innovation in Radio Access Networks

The O-RAN Alliance continues to gain momentum in enabling the Radio Access Network (RAN) industry to deliver intelligent, fully interoperable, virtualized and open RAN, the company said.

This global collaboration represents a unique willingness to reach across borders and create new platforms that will drive innovation for everyone.

Two years ago, 5 mobile carriers spanning the continents of Asia, Europe, and North America joined forces to launch the O-RAN Alliance as “a world-wide, carrier-led effort to drive new levels of openness in the radio access network of next generation wireless systems.” A year later, nearly 80 participating companies released O-RAN´s first specification and technology demos.

Nine new operators have joined the O-RAN Alliance in 2019 and 2020, including Bell Canada, BT, Chunghwa Telecom, DISH Network, KDDI, SoftBank Corp., Sprint and Vodafone.

Now with over 160 companies (including 24 mobile operators across 4 continents), O-RAN is governed by a global board spanning 4 continents and 11 countries (4 from Europe, 2 from China, 2 from India, 2 from Korea, 2 from US, and 1 each from Australia, Japan, and Singapore).

O-RAN Alliance is a world-wide community of more than 160 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.