Ericsson joins the O-RAN Alliance


Wednesday, 06 February, 2019


Ericsson joins the O-RAN Alliance

Ericsson has joined the O-RAN Alliance, a group of telecom service providers and suppliers with a commitment to evolving radio access network (RAN) architecture and orchestration built on openness, intelligence, flexibility and performance.

As a member, Ericsson will focus on the open interworking between RAN and network orchestration and automation, with emphasis on AI-enabled closed-loop automation and end-to-end optimisation, to lower operating cost and improve end-user performance.

The company will also focus on the upper-layer function as specified in 3GPP to provide interoperable multivendor profiles for specified interfaces between central RAN functions, resulting in faster deployment of 5G networks.

“Ericsson is a strong supporter of openness in the industry, and the benefits this has on global ecosystems and innovations. Our ambition is to actively support and drive discussions and developments around future RAN architectures and open interfaces,” said Erik Ekudden, Ericsson’s Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer.

The O-RAN Alliance was formally formed at the Mobile World Congress Shanghai in June 2018 as a network operator-led effort to drive openness and intelligence in the RAN of next-generation wireless systems. At the end of 2018, membership was opened to non-service providers.

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