Verizon, Ranzure join xRAN Foundation

The xRAN Foundation said that the companies Verizon and Ranzure have joined the xRAN Foundation.

In addition to these key new members, the xRAN Foundation has announced a collaboration with M-CORD, the open source project reinventing network access to bring datacenter economics and cloud agility to service providers´ central offices.

Formally formed in October of 2016 by AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, SK Telecom, Intel Corporation, Texas Instruments, Radisys, Aricent and Stanford University, the xRAN Foundation is a consortium dedicated to promoting a software-based, extensible Radio Access Network (xRAN) and to standardizing critical elements of the xRAN architecture. The xRAN architecture transforms today´s static, highly-proprietary RAN infrastructure into an extensible, software-based service delivery platform capable of rapidly responding to changing user, application and business needs.

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.