Deutsche Telekom, ONF lead open RAN trial with open RIC

by Linda Hardesty | 

The Open Networking Foundation (ONF) is working with Deutsche Telekom on an open radio access network (RAN) trial in Berlin, Germany. The trial integrates components from eight companies and uses ONF’s RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC) software. 

The eight participating vendors are AirHop, Edgecore, Facebook, Foxconn, Intel, Radisys, Supermicro and Wiwynn. The Telecom Infra Project (TIP) is also participating by providing hardware and facilities out of the TIP Community Lab in Berlin, which is hosted by DT. The on-site integration is being coordinated by Highstreet Technologies.

The live trial features disaggregated hardware: separate DU and CU units from Radisys and radio units (RUs) from Foxconn. The ONF is providing its open source near-real-time RIC and xApps from its SD-RAN project.  

The trial also leverages the ONF’s Aether, a centrally-managed, multi-cloud, cloud-native platform. 

The ONF says that by integrating proprietary and open-source components the trial exemplifies how future open RAN deployments could take shape.

“The SD-RAN Berlin Trial with DT is a significant industry milestone for open RAN,” said Guru Parulkar, executive director of the ONF in a statement. “At ONF we are seeing tremendous interest from the mobile community for our open-source implementation of the O-RAN architecture, and this trial demonstrates the maturity of the SD-RAN open source RIC and xApp development platform.”

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