At the request of the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD R&E), the National Spectrum Consortium (NSC) has hosted discussions to facilitate the development of programs and policies that might accelerate the development of a robust, U.S.-based wireless networking ecosystem. The discussions resulted in the formation of our Open RAN Advisory Group, which convened 200 individuals from more than 100 companies and organizations to deliver 80+ white papers with recommendations on advancing Open RAN in the U.S.

Open RAN technology is not the same as 5G technology, and despite a number of successful ongoing Open RAN deployments worldwide, the technology ecosystem is still under development. While there are numerous labs and testbeds supporting 5G wireless research, few have the specific resources needed to ensure interoperability and integration of Open RAN components. Additionally, even among those facilities that do support end-to-end Open RAN testing and development, many are not accessible to smaller technology companies and the broader research and innovation community.

Since its inception, the NSC Open RAN Advisory Group has been deeply involved in:

  • Gathering input from the government, industry, and academic wireless communities on the types of resources needed for accelerating Open RAN development and deployment
  • Identifying the Open RAN testing and integration capabilities at existing research facilities in the U.S. through surveys and interviews
  • Analyzing and articulating the gaps between what is needed and what existing facilities can provide to accelerate Open RAN efforts

As a result of these efforts, the NSC is pleased to release the Executive Summary of our forthcoming “Report on U.S. Resources and Capabilities for Accelerating Open RAN.”

The full report will be released in February 2023, including detailed profiles of 20 U.S. research facilities. The report is based on information gathered through surveys and interviews with wireless testing and research organizations across the country.

You can read the Executive Summary here and follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter to know when the full report is published.