Author: TIP News
Continuing to accelerate Open RAN towards commercialization
The Telecom Infra Project (TIP) OpenRAN Project Group has just published its Release 2 Roadmap Document after conducting a thorough industry review with input from both the supply and the demand sides – including some of the world’s largest operators.
Last June, TIP published the ‘Open RAN Technical Priorities Document’ – a comprehensive list of technical requirements that the signatories of the Open RAN MoU Group (Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telefónica, TIM and Vodafone) considered priorities for Open RAN architecture. Building on that work, the TIP OpenRAN Project Group invited community participants to provide feedback, resulting in over 40 ecosystem responses.
Figure 1: TIP OpenRAN Rel. 2 Roadmap
The publication of the OpenRAN Release 2 Roadmap harmonizes the prioritized operator requirements, including the 5 European Open RAN MoU signatories, with vendor’s product readiness, categorized in key features and functions, mapping them into a series of minor releases over time. This release roadmap approach enables the execution of the Project Group activities more efficiently, while also providing a path to commercialization via TIP’s Test and Validation framework, delivering on product requirements, blueprint definitions and associated test plans.
Figure 2: OpenRAN Release Framework
In addition to publishing the overall roadmap, we are also publishing Release 2 roadmaps and Technical Requirements Documents 2.0 for the RU, DU/CU, RIA and ROMA OpenRAN PG subgroups. These will form the basis for issuing ribbons and badges to vendor products – once they have progressed through TIP’s Test and Validation framework – with their subsequent listing on TIP Exchange.
The TIP OpenRAN Project Group will continue to advance the requirements gathering and road-mapping process with a regular cadence. As part of the framework, the requirement contribution window will open for MNOs for subsequent minor releases R2.1, R2.2, and so on. The requirements input from MNOs will be harmonized into requirements documents and assessed for compliance and readiness with the technology suppliers.
The TIP OpenRAN Project Group is focused on scaling up productization of OpenRAN technology driven by an ecosystem of technology suppliers, system integrators and service providers. The Project Group streamlines the industry’s efforts on OpenRAN development and accelerates OpenRAN adoption.
Get involved in shaping OpenRAN’s direction and priorities by joining TIP and the OpenRAN Project Group. Click on our website here to become a TIP participant and contribute to existing and future releases.