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Ericsson has joined the O-RAN Alliance, a group of leading telecom service providers and suppliers with the commitment to evolving radio access network (RAN) architecture and orchestration built on openness, intelligence, flexibility and performance.
As a member, the company 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 optimization, to lower operating cost and improve end-user performance.
Ericsson 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 on a global scale.
Erik Ekudden, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Ericsson, says: “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. The O-RAN Alliance is an important coalition that creates an arena for these discussions, complementing other standardization and open-source initiatives in the industry which we are already active in.”
Ericsson has driven, and continues to drive, the industry towards open interfaces as part of its standardization work. The company is recognized as leaders in 3GPP and is actively contributing to several open-source communities including Linux, ONAP and OpenStack to secure open platforms useful for mobile networks.
The company’s engagement with the O-RAN Alliance is based on the future needs of mobile network service providers, and how networks must evolve to enable broad range of services with strong focus on quality, performance and security.
The O-RAN Alliance was formally formed at Mobile World Congress Shanghai on June 27, 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, the O-RAN Alliance was opened also for non-service providers to join.
ZTE has published a white paper setting out the strategy and vision that it says will guide the company for the next five years. It is based on five trends to which ZTE has given the acronym VOICE: Virtuality, Openness, Intelligence, Cloudification and internet of Everything.
Virtuality is the integration of the physical world and the virtual world with enhanced experience through big video, VR and AR. Openness is the transition from the traditional competition-based business model to close collaboration on an open basis. Intelligence is the intellectualization of all things, enhanced interaction and growing intelligence on multiple levels. Cloudification means that cloud platforms are the basis for enabling the digital economy.
ZTE says that, based on the analysis of the five trends of VOICE, “the next five years will be critical in the ongoing global economic transformation towards an open, sharing, and digital economy … [impacting] all areas of our lives.”
ZTE calls the strategy its M-ICT 2.0 strategy and says it is “designed to help businesses seize opportunities in an economy defined by the emergence of the sharing economy and the vast use of peer-to-peer networks, and dependent on the pervasive range of cloud computing platforms and services.”
It says the five trends encapsulated in the acronym VOICE “will drive innovative collaboration and concurrent advances across various fields.”
The white paper gives particular emphasis to the sharing economy. “With the boundaries of corporations and even whole industries becoming more blurred, open collaboration and sharing will become mainstream and propel a major shift in business models,” ZTE says.
“The emergence of the sharing economy and massive use of peer-to-peer networks has shown the way forward for businesses of all sizes. This sharing economy is dependent on the ability to innovate and execute at speed, which is built on a model of openness and collaboration.
“The surge in successful businesses that utilize the sharing economy model has proved that almost everything, including devices, resources, capabilities, and software, can be shared across people, companies and industries.”
In a traditional economy, ZTE says, “resources and capabilities are separated and are closed within individual enterprises and persons, and thus efficiency is very low.” But in a sharing economy, “the borders among resources and enterprises are blurred and thus idle resources can be effectively redeployed and integrated to achieve higher collaboration efficiency.”
ZTE’s white paper, M-ICT 2.0: VOICE for a Digital Future, is available here.