xRAN Forum, C-RAN Alliance to form ORAN Alliance

The xRAN Forum has announced its intent to merge with the C-RAN Alliance to form a world-wide, carrier-led effort to drive new levels of openness in the radio access network of next-generation wireless systems, the company said.

The work of the ORAN Alliance will combine and extend the work of both the C-RAN Alliance and the xRAN Forum, while maintaining the key objectives of each group.

The xRAN Forum, founded in June of 2016 by AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, SK Telecom and Dr. Sachin Katti, Professor at Stanford University to promote a software-based, extensible Radio Access Network (xRAN) and to standardizing critical elements of the xRAN architecture.

The xRAN Forum 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. For more information about xRAN Forum membership go to xran.org/membership.