EuCNC 2020 | Dubrovnik, Croatia | June 16-17

EuCNC 2020 | Dubrovnik, Croatia | June 16-17

OpenRAN, including Interoperability/Interworking with Vendor solutions

Tuesday, 16 June 2020, 14:30-15:15 CEST, Recommended re-viewing
Tuesday, 16 June 2020, 15:15-16:00 CEST, Live interactionlink sent only to Registered people


  • Jorge Pereira, Principal Scientific Officer, European Commission, BE

Motivation and Background

Quoting the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) industry association, OpenRAN is an initiative to define and build RAN solutions based on a general-purpose vendor-neutral hardware and software-defined technology. This will help operators cut the cost of building mobile networks by lowering the barriers to work with new vendors and improving network economics. With vendor-neutral hardware, it will reduce the reliance on a small number of vendors[, thus increasing supply chain security,] by de-coupling the hardware and software components of the network, and [will] decrease the expenditure incurred on network infrastructure. OpenRAN – together with OpenCore – is expected to speed up of 5G network development through its open architecture by allowing for more innovative solutions, in particular those targeting verticals and private networks in general. For all that, the interworking with public systems, and namely with vendor solutions, is essential. In this panel, we will discuss the challenges and opportunities of OpenRAN and the way forward in terms of facilitating deployment of 5G in a variety of scenarios, especially in a post-COVID recovery context.


  • What early deployment/coexistence lessons can be learned?
  • Which requirements need to be fulfilled in order to allow end-to-end “command-and-control”, namely by enabling slicing across domains?
  • How to maximize synergies between vendor equipment and the innovation brought about by the OpenRAN ecosystem?
  • How to use OpenRAN as a means to secure the business chains, enlarge the ecosystem and achieve autonomy?


The panel is composed of (see CVs below):

  • Chair: Jorge Pereira (Moderator) (Principal Scientific Officer, European Commission, BE)
  • Colin Willcock (Head of Radio Network Standardization, Nokia, DE)
  • Pedro Merino (Department of Computer Sciences and Languages, Univ. Malaga, ES), Presentation available!
  • Thomas Magedanz (TU Berlin/ Fraunhofer FOKUS, DE )
  • Uwe Herzog (Programme Manager, Eurescom, DE )