The FCC Forum on 5G Open Radio Access Networks will take place on September 14. The forum was previously scheduled for March, but postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s now going to be a virtual event.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai will host experts at the forefront of the development and deployment of open, interoperable, standards-based, virtualized radio access networks to discuss this innovative new approach to 5G network architecture. Open Radio Access Networks offer an alternative to traditional cellular network architecture and could enable a diversity in suppliers, better network security, and lower costs, says the agency. The event is meant to foster productive discussions about the state of ORAN-related technologies and the path ahead.
“Open and virtualized radio access networks may help operators deploy more secure, cost-effective 5G networks,” said Pai. “As part of the FCC’s 5G FAST Plan, the agency has taken many actions to promote American leadership in next generation wireless services. To that end, we want the United States to lead the way in researching and developing innovative approaches to mobile network deployment.”
Speakers from the following telecoms are invited: Qualcomm, Nokia, DISH, Parallel Wireless, Intel, Open RAN Policy Coalition, Dell, CableLabs, NVIDIA, Mitre, Spirent, HPE, and IBM. Representatives from these universities are expected to participate: Utah, Johns Hopkins, Rutgers and Northeastern.
The Forum on 5G Open Radio Access Networks is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. EST on Monday, September 14, and will be webcast. Additional information regarding the agenda, speakers, and logistics will be available on the website closer to the event.