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Samsung, Vodafone complete Open RAN data call; telecom giants form consortium

Samsung, Vodafone complete Open RAN data call; telecom giants form consortium

Samsung Electronics, Vodafone and AMD have collaborated to successfully demonstrate an end-to-end call using the latest AMD processors, enabling Open RAN technology. This achievement highlights their technical leadership in enhancing the Open RAN ecosystem across the industry.

Samsung’s R&D lab in Korea completed the first call using their O-RAN-compliant, virtualized RAN (vRAN) software. AMD EPYC 8004 Series processors on Supermicro’s Telco/edge computing servers, combined with the Wind River Studio Container-as-a-Service (CaaS) platform, made this possible.

According to Nadia Benabdallah, the director of network strategy and engineering at Vodafone Group, the company continuously seeks to innovate its network by exploring the possibilities and diversity of the ecosystem.

June Moon, the executive VP & head of R&D of networks business at Samsung Electronics, emphasized Samsung’s ongoing collaboration with technology leaders to empower operators in transforming their networks and leveraging the diverse Open RAN ecosystem.

“This collective effort marks a key milestone for the mobile network industry to steer Open RAN forward by embracing multiple providers at every layer of the network stack,” Moon adds.

The companies will showcase test results surpassing 1Gbps throughput for multiple-user equipment on a multi-cell configuration at MWC 2024.

ACCoRD Consortium brings telecom giants together to forge Open RAN future

A new consortium has been formed named the Acceleration of Compatibility and Commercialization for Open RAN Deployments Consortium (ACCoRD). The consortium is pioneering efforts to support open radio access network (Open RAN) adoption by establishing a prime testing and research center based in Dallas, with an additional facility near Washington, D.C.

The consortium comprises AT&T, Verizon and various vendors, including Ericsson, Nokia, Samsung, Fujitsu, Mavenir, Dell Technologies, Intel, Radisys, Rakuten, Red Hat, VMWare by Broadcom and Wind River Systems.

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) also announced a new grant to support testing and evaluating Open RAN hardware and software. ACCoRD received a $42.3 million award to advance this work.

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