ONF and Deutsche Telekom debut fully disaggregated Open RAN

SD-RAN 4G/5G outdoor trial live at Deutsche Telekom's Berlin site

5G graphic

In collaboration with Deutsche Telekom (DT), Open Networking Foundation (ONF) announced the launch of its software-defined radio access network (SD-RAN) field trial.

The 4G and 5G standalone (SA) outdoor trial, live at Deutsche Telekom in Berlin, is the first to incorporate fully disaggregated open RAN solutions powered by ONF's RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC).

“Carriers are investing in open RAN to enable a new breed of modular and customizable 5G solutions to accelerate innovation and enable the mix-and-match of best-of-breed components from multiple vendors. Open RAN gives operators choice and flexibility to customize and optimize their networks,” explained ONF.

DT integrated open RAN components from eight companies in the SD-RAN trial: AirHop, Edgecore, Facebook, Foxconn, Intel, Radisys, Supermicro, and Wiwynn.

In addition to horizontally disaggregated hardware — radio unit, distributed unit, and centralized unit — the live trial comprises vertically disaggregated software components, including a near-real-time RIC and xApps.

The entire trial is operated on ONF's Aether platform, a fully managed multi-cloud platform that enables network slicing with multiple user plane functions (UPFs) running at the edge.

Telecom Infra Project (TIP) supports the trial by offering hardware and facilities through the TIP Community Lab hosted by DT in Berlin. Highstreet Technologies is coordinating the integration and testing of the field trial on site.

“The Berlin SD-RAN Open RAN Trial, is a momentous step towards realizing the vision of fully disaggregated and intelligent RAN, leveraging ONF's leading open source RAN Intelligent Controller software platform,” said Alex Choi, senior vice president of strategy & technology innovation at Deutsche Telekom.

Choi added, “In addition to open fronthaul, this trial includes disaggregated RU/DU/CU units, and also vertically disaggregates the RIC and xApps according to SDN principles. Together, we are demonstrating the power of truly open RAN and ecosystem collaboration to accelerate innovation."

Featured Resources

Next-generation time series: Forecasting for the real world, not the ideal world

Solve time series problems with AI

Free download

The future of productivity

Driving your business forward with Microsoft Office 365

Free download

How to plan for endpoint security against ever-evolving cyber threats

Safeguard your devices, data, and reputation

Free download

A quantitative comparison of UPS monitoring and servicing approaches across edge environments

Effective UPS fleet management

Free download

Recommended

NETGEAR offers VPN support for branch offices and remote workers
wifi & hotspots

NETGEAR offers VPN support for branch offices and remote workers

14 Oct 2021
Senators urge FTC to enforce child privacy laws
privacy

Senators urge FTC to enforce child privacy laws

8 Oct 2021
What is a web filter?
cyber security

What is a web filter?

24 Sep 2021
Are QR codes safe?
QR codes

Are QR codes safe?

13 Sep 2021

Most Popular

Best Linux distros 2021
operating systems

Best Linux distros 2021

11 Oct 2021
Apple MacBook Pro 15in vs Dell XPS 15: Clash of the titans
Laptops

Apple MacBook Pro 15in vs Dell XPS 15: Clash of the titans

11 Oct 2021
Cryptocurrency: Should you invest?
cryptocurrencies

Cryptocurrency: Should you invest?

27 Oct 2021