Implementing Open Radio Access Networks, Virtualization and Automation

Considering industry initiatives to open up the Radio Access Network (RAN), SDN and disaggregation – Exploring implementation of open interfaces and analytics to deliver new service opportunities - How do carriers manage disaggregated network elements?

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June 19-21, 2019


Hayes Mansion

San Jose, CA USA



Limited to 100 seats

First Registered, First Served!

Attendance open to all IWPC Members


As the industry evolves towards 5G, the question of virtualization and opening up the mobile radio access network (RAN) is becoming a central theme. Industry leaders appear to be embracing the challenge and are beginning to set out a route forward for Open RAN, but there are many technical and commercial challenges to be addressed as well as fundamental cultural issues forged over many years.

Workshop Goals

  • Can the RAN leverage the same principles applied in cloud, SDN and white box networking and apply that to radio access?
  • Will service providers accept 2G, 3G and 4G RAN solutions based on a general-purpose vendor-neutral hardware and software-defined technology?
  • How can next-generation RAN deliver on new cost models, scale and operating models?
  • Understand the impact and how Open RAN will disrupt the market?
  • Explore how RAN components, subsystems and software sourced from multiple suppliers will be integrated
  • Assess the willingness on key industry stakeholders to move to open interfaces
  • Can programmable RAN solutions based on general purpose processing platforms (GPPP) and disaggregated software meet efficiency targets and operational demands?


June 19


7:00 PM

Evening Reception & Registration

At Hotel

June 20


7:00 AM


8:00 AM

Welcome and Introductions


9:00 AM

Introduction and Keynote


Keynote Presentation




10:00 AM

Networking Break


10:40 AM

Carrier Perspectives

  • Views on ORAN and virtualization
  • Exploring routes to prototype global industry groups?
  • How do we avoid duplication of efforts across industry groups?
  • Understanding industry initiatives including ORAN, Facebook TIP and others
  • How will open standards impact small cells?
  • Examples of successes in both licensed and unlicensed spectrum
  • Understanding use cases vs. XRAN profiles
  • What makes Open RAN successful?
  • What value do operators see in O-RAN?
  • Do carriers see the OEM landscape changing if and when O-RAN matures?
  • Understanding planned roll out of hybrid architecture - where does it make sense and where doesn't it make sense?


  • AT&T

  • BT

  • China Mobile

  • C Spire

  • Deutsche Telekom

  • Facebook

  • Grameenphone

  • Orange

  • Rakuten

  • SK Telecom

  • Reliance Jio

  • T-Mobile

  • U.S. Cellular

  • Verizon

  • Vodafone

12:00 Noon

Networking Lunch


1:00 PM

OEM Perspectives

  • The meaning of 'open' in the context of RAN
  • Overview of O-RAN initiative
  • Proposed open interfaces and open source components of RAN
  • Control of BUs and CUs
  • Assessing open radio/white box solutions
  • 5G disaggregation and white box DU/RU
  • Exploring white box BBU readiness and maturity
  • How far along are major RAN vendors in terms of open radio access?
  • Validation of tru openness of platforms
  • What is the current status of open RAN?
  • What is the road map towards completely open RAN?
  • What are the estimated cost savings?
  • How we can benefit for all the technologies, especially 5G?
  • Virtualized RAN in an open RAN environment
  • Exploring oRAN adoption and risks
  • Understanding the path to oRAN
  • Business models and commercial considerations
  • Assessing global vendor landscape
  • Understanding implementation challenges

Opening up the RAN - Myth vs. Reality


End-to-End Solutions Architect



  • Huawei

  • Nokia


Networking Break


3:40 PM

System Perspectives

  • Scalability of centralized baseband (in terms of CPU, memory, storage) in relation with increasing number of cells
  • Centralized BBU hardware savings in relation with number of cells connected
  • Challenges in using GPP to virtualize low PHY in 5G and when this can be expected done with GPP?
  • Limitations in HW and SW disaggregation
  • Open source SW in RAN

Topic TBC


VP, Innovative Solutions





  • Altiostar Networks

  • Amdocs

  • Samsung

5:00 PM

End-of-Day Panel Session

  • Telecom equipment has used custom SoC with closed software, the SoC and the software being fully supported by the s/w and h/w vendors. As the Telecom industry moves to the open-source s/w, is there enough eco-system support available to fix the open-source software issues in the Telecom industry in acceptable timelines?
  • Open-source s/w fix generally takes 3-4 months, telecom time lines are few hours to couple of days - How is telecom industry planning to mitigate this risk associated with the open-source software?

6:00 PM



7:00 PM

Networking Dinner



June 21


7:00 AM



8:00 AM

Enabling Technologies

  • Can transport enable cost-effective RAN centralized/virtualization
  • Industry convergence om ORAN for packet fronthaul Edge compute
  • Will virtualization of RAN (e.g. vBBU/vDU) lend itself to hosting other MEC applications in same locations (e.g. CRAN hubs)?
  • Open RAN
  • Virtualization and Automation
  • Assessment of timing and Integration effort involved
  • IPR and related topics
  • Open RAN, open backhaul


  • ARM

  • Ciena

  • Cisco Systems

  • ETSI

  • Fujitsu

10:00 AM

Networking Break


10:40 AM

Enabling Technologies, continued

  • ORAN and its implications
  • Virtual CU-UP at the Edge
  • Virtualization and IoT
  • Converged Networks
  • Scalability of processor speeds
  • How open is the chipset?
  • Considering hardware and software abstraction
  • Lower Layer 1 - Easing integration of sofware

Technical and Commercial Requirements for the 5G Build-Out


Technical Director





  • Intel

  • InterDigital

12:00 Noon

Networking Lunch


1:00 PM

Enabling Technologies, continued

  • Interoperability vs. vendor specific solution values
  • Different approaches for virtualization per deployment scenarios
  • 3GPP vs. XRAN management scope - how will these be harmonized?
  • Open RAN, Virtualization
  • Virtualization and automation options
  • Role of Open Radio Access in 5G Networks currently dominated by traditional OEMs
  • Why virtualization is slow in RAN
  • Are there other venues besides O-RAN that will facilitate open radio networks and what do their relative values bring to the table?
  • oRAN implementation for 5G NR deployment
  • oRAN Test requirements (Synchronization, latency, PTP/G8275.2)
  • oRAN implementation obstacles
  • Is the CU-DU split real (does anybody want it, can the CU be in a central/public cloud)?
  • ORAN base station
  • OPEN RAN requirements, platform and ecosystem development


  • ADRF

  • Alpha Networks

  • Analog Devices

  • Anritsu

  • CommScope

  • C-Squared

3:00 PM

Networking Break


3:30 PM

Enabling Technologies, continued

  • VRAN
  • Application software sharing infrastructure with Radio Virtualized software
  • Hybrid RAN deployment using gNodeB and RRH+C-RAN
  • Virtualization models used in C-RAN i.e. one VM/Container per Cell v/s one VM/Container per X-number of users
  • How to meet the different use-cases requirements simultaneously coming from the same UE i.e. user watching the video and using the map using the same UE?
  • Open Radio Access Networks, Virtualization and Automation
  • What does it mean to have open access networks?
  • How will IP Rights associated with open access networks be handled?
  • How will testing and interoperability be addressed with open networks?
  • What architecture CU/DU split are the most desired by operators?
  • Virtualization interfaces, virtualization requirements, conformance testing
  • How Cloud Native architectures might be used in cloud RAN


  • FNC

  • Fujitsu


  • Keysight Technologies

  • Pivotal Commware

  • PRISMA Telecom Testing

  • SENKO Advanced Components

  • WNC

  • Xilinx

  • XipLink


5:00 PM

Closing Panel Discussion


6:00 PM




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    Deadline for electronic version of presentation/handout materials: Monday, June 3, 2019

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    200 Edenbale Ave.
    San Jose, CA 95136
    Phone: +1 (408) 226-3200
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