O-RAN ALLIANCE Displays Growing Momentum of AI at MWC Shanghai

O-RAN Alliance

The O-RAN ALLIANCE (O-RAN), fulfilling its mission to transform Radio Access Networks to be open, intelligent, virtualized and fully interoperable, announced the successful completion of the O-RAN Global PlugFest Spring 2023.

This event, involving major operators, carried out critical testing and validation of O-RAN technologies to support and encourage ongoing adoption by the industry. In addition, O-RAN has unveiled a lineup of demonstrations that highlight the latest advancements, on-site at MWC Shanghai, or online at the O-RAN ALLIANCE Virtual Exhibition.

Virtual Exhibition

O-RAN Global PlugFest Spring 2023

The O-RAN Global PlugFest Spring 2023 was conducted from April to June 2 in ten labs across Asia, Europe and North America, with 60 participating companies or institutions.

The tests provided participants validation of O-RAN equipment conformance, performance and interoperability; tackled issues and overcome hurdles to wider technology adoption; and facilitated exploration of new features, scenarios and applications.

“The sheer scale of participation in O-RAN PlugFests is testament to industry support and momentum of deployment,” said Alex Jinsung Choi, Chair of the Board of O-RAN ALLIANCE and SVP Group Technology, Deutsche Telekom. “In the Spring 2023 PlugFest, we expanded the ecosystem by testing products from new vendors. Participants validated the security of end-to-end O-RAN architecture and demonstrated the power of the RIC to support critical use cases such as quality of service and energy efficiency.”

Latest Innovations of O-RAN Technology to Be Demonstrated in MWC Shanghai and Virtually

O-RAN companies plan to showcase 3 on-site and 15 virtual demonstrations, including innovations such as indoor positioning applications, cloud economics with 5G and AI applications, intelligent RAN control, machine learning load balancing, and energy-efficient network deployment solutions.

The demos reveal the incredible potential of AI in enhancing energy efficiency and load balancing, and demonstrate the ability to effectively validate the security of O-RAN networks. Additionally, there are impressive exhibits featuring energy-efficient technology for indoor network deployment and a comprehensive solution for 5G Radio Unit testing.

These groundbreaking advances will revolutionize the telecom industry, reflecting the O-RAN ALLIANCE’s unwavering dedication to fostering a more open, intelligent, and efficient RAN.

These demonstrations, featuring contributions from top tech companies, highlight the O-RAN ALLIANCE’s dedication to creating a more open and efficient future RAN. Through the utilization of advanced technologies such as AI, cloud solutions, and machine learning, the O-RAN ALLIANCE is leading the way toward substantial enhancements in network performance, security, and energy efficiency.

Visit O-RAN demonstrations showcased at MWC Shanghai 2023:

O-RAN Energy-efficiency technology by Intel and partner in hall N2, stand B13 (TietoEVRY)
O-RAN-based integrated base stations by Sageran in hall N1, stand B124 and hall N3, stand E93 (Sageran)
O-RAN testing solutions by Rohde & Schwarz, VIAVI Solutions and Baicells in hall N1, stand E90 (Baicells)