Memorandum of Understanding between O-RAN ALLIANCE and OpenAirInterface Software Alliance (OAI)
In a recently signed Memorandum of Understanding, OAI and O-RAN ALLIANCE agreed to co-operate on open Radio Access Network issues, open source software development, and 5G as well as next-generation platforms for demonstrating O-RAN technology. Both organizations will encourage sharing of information in areas of mutual interest and may hold joint meetings and workshops.
”I am very pleased to see the excellent cooperation between O-RAN and OAI,” said Alex Jinsung Choi, Chair of the Board of O-RAN ALLIANCE and SVP Group Technology, Deutsche Telekom. “The MoU will strengthen our cooperation in the development of open-source software for the RAN. It will allow more focused cooperation between both organizations and will enhance our software development.”
“We are very excited at the signing of this MoU”, said Raymond Knopp, President of the OpenAirInterface Software Alliance. “This has been a long-standing goal for the OpenAirInterface Software Alliance. Firstly, the OAI software follows the O-RAN architecture and paves the way for showcasing the next-generation cellular wireless technologies. Secondly, the two organizations are very complementary in their value propositions. We look forward to capitalizing on this collaboration in the future.”
This is an extract from the O-RAN press release (full version here).
About O-RAN ALLIANCE
The O-RAN ALLIANCE is a worldwide community of more than 300 mobile operators, vendors, and research & academic institutions operating in the Radio Access Network (RAN) industry. As the RAN is an essential part of any mobile network, the O-RAN ALLIANCE’s mission is to reshape the industry towards more intelligent, open, virtualized, and fully interoperable mobile networks. The new O-RAN specifications enable a more competitive and vibrant RAN supplier ecosystem with faster innovation to improve user experience. O-RAN-based mobile networks at the same time improve the efficiency of RAN deployments as well as operations by mobile operators. To achieve this, the O-RAN ALLIANCE publishes new RAN specifications, releases open software for the RAN, and supports its members in the integration and testing of their implementations. For more information, please visit www.o-ran.org.
About OpenAirInterface Software Alliance (OSA):
The OSA was founded in 2014 by EURECOM, a research institute in the South of France. The Alliance manages and promotes OpenAirInterface (OAI) open-source software that offers 4G and 5G as well as Core Network stacks. Recently, agile service platforms under the label MOSAIC5G have also been added to the set of OSA’s offerings. The OAI software is used by many different organizations across the world for purposes of research and testing as well as for building blocks of systems for different 4G/5G use cases, a growing number of them industrial. Today, AMD, Firecell, Fujitsu, InterDigital, Meta, NI, Nokia Bell Labs, NVIDIA, Orange, PAWR, Qualcomm, Sequans Communications, and Vodafone are represented on the Board of Directors of the OSA as Strategic Members.
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