Radio Access Network (RAN)

TIP’s Radio Access Network (RAN) initiatives are accelerating the path to commercial deployments of simplified, flexible, and efficient RAN technologies.

TIP’s RAN work

TIP is working to improve the efficiency and flexibility of RAN infrastructure, capitalizing on the benefits of software-based designs and open architectures. Although the various TIP Project Groups are independent, their work is complementary. Each project group is focused on a specific use case for improving and evolving RAN equipment to be more flexible and agile, with the shared goal to improve the overall efficiency in deploying, operating, and maintaining RAN infrastructure.

Why is RAN so important? RAN equipment serves as the connection point between internet-connected devices and the rest of an operator’s core communications network. This critical infrastructure represents a significant portion of overall network CapEx and OpEx. RAN processing is intensive, real-time, and complex; and the demands on RAN equipment are rising exponentially due to the rapid global growth of Internet-connected devices and new use cases.

RAN project groups

OpenRAN is an initiative to define and build 2G, 3G and 4G RAN solutions based on a general-purpose vendor-neutral hardware and software-defined technology.

Devang Solanky, Vodafone
Adnan Boustany, Intel

vRAN Fronthaul is developing and validating solutions to enable virtualized RAN deployments where fiber is unavailable or unaffordable.

Richard MacKenzie, BT
Amy Lu, Vodafone

OpenCellular is a publicly available RAN solution tailored for rural connectivity.

Dr Kashif Ali, Facebook

OpenRAN 5G NR Base Station is collaborating to define a whitebox platform for an 5G NR access point that is easy to configure and deploy.

Vanesa Fernandez, Vodafone
Durga Satapathy, Sprint

Vodafone Vodafone

CrowdCell is developing LTE relay architectures to extend indoor coverage with reduced CAPEX and OPEX investment.

Aitor Garcia, Vodafone


Our RAN work is led by our Technical Committee “Radio Solutions” Area Director:
Renuka Bhalerao, Facebook

Highlighted technologies


vRAN Fronthaul




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    5GNR Project Group Kickoff at MWC 2019

    Radio Access Networks Session at MWC 2019


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    Past Events

    September 7, 2020 online
    2:30 pm - BST

    Tech UK: Diversifying Telecoms: The potential of Open RAN

    Hear from TIP Executive Director Attilio Zani at a Tech UK panel on Diversifying Telecoms. This panel is part of a series of TechUK events on diversification in the UK telecoms sector and will feature panelists from Vodafone UK, Qualcomm, Ofcom and others in addition to TIP.   

    June 30, 2020 online
    8:00 am - PDT

    Light Reading: TIP OpenRAN: Towards Disaggregated Mobile Networking

    As operators enter the 5G-era, the RAN is increasingly software-driven and based on open implementation and open interfaces. In this session, panelists discuss highlights from the Heavy Reading white paper recently published by Gabriel Brown, which focused on the work of the TIP OpenRAN Project Grou...

    November 13 - 14, 2019 Worldwide

    TIP Summit 2019

    The Telecom Infra Project community gathered in Amsterdam for our fourth annual TIP Summit, bringing together service providers, technology providers, systems integrators, startups, investors, analysts and a wide variety of other ecosystem partners.

    June 1 - 30, 2019 Worldwide

    TIP Regional Summits ’19

    The TIP Regional Summits '19 series will kick off with TIP LatAm ’19 in São Paulo, followed by a TIP workshop at 5G World in London, and ends at our final workshop in Singapore as part of CommunicAsia.

    February 25 - 28, 2019 Europe

    MWC 2019

    Telecom Infra Project (TIP) returned to Barcelona as the mobile community gathered for Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019. We highlighted our progress toward faster, more affordable, and more resilient networks, and — in a significant step showcasing the range and maturity of our technologies — we...

    October 16 - 17, 2018 Worldwide

    TIP Summit 2018

    On October 16 & 17 over 1,200 members of the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) community gathered in London for our third annual TIP Summit, where we highlighted some of our most significant TIP Project Group developments and discussed our vision for the future of TIP.

    October 7 - 8, 2018 Europe

    RAN World 2018

    We attended RAN World, in October in Rome, with several presentations and demos.

    November 8 - 9, 2017 Worldwide

    TIP Summit 2017

    Over 1,000 attendees from 39 countries came together at the second annual TIP Summit to learn, connect, and collaborate. During the two-day event, the TIP community discussed progress on project groups, heard from TIP board members and industry voices, and shared new ideas to shape the future of the...