Global operators to facilitate O-RAN testing and integration

The Open Test and Integration Center (OTIC) initiative has been launched by a group of global operators, vendors and integrators, the initiative said.

China Mobile and Reliance Jio along with participation from China Telecom, China Unicom, Intel, Radisys, Samsung Electronics, Airspan, Baicells, CertusNet, Mavenir, Lenovo, Ruijie Network, Inspur, Sylincom, WindRiver, ArrayComm, and Chengdu NTS are collaborating on multi-vendor interoperability and validation activities for realizing O-RAN compliant disaggregated 5G access infrastructure that leverages open software and hardware hardened for commercial deployments.

The OTIC initiative is an operator-led collaboration with the aim to facilitate OEM and other open source products and solutions to be functionally compliant to the specifications of the O-RAN Alliance, through verification, integration and testing of disaggregated RAN components and to deliver the desired architecture that supports a plug-n-play model.

The OTIC initiative aims to expedite how the industry develops open RAN technologies and products that are hardened and supported for real-world deployments. The initial focus is to ensure RAN components from multiple vendors support standard and open interfaces and can interoperate in accordance with O-RAN test specifications. Additional partners are invited to join to advance the creation of ready-to-implement blueprints for RAN solutions conforming to the O-RAN specifications in order to realize open and disaggregated 5G networks.