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O-RAN White Paper - Building the Next Generation RAN

While operators around the world believe that a modern 5G infrastructure will enable new vertical market revenue opportunities, there is unanimous agreement that traditional supply chain and procurement models must change. Status quo, proprietary product architectures and complicated, vendor specific Operations and Management (O&M) systems will not serve these operator’s collective goals and must evolve to overcome the real capital, operational and technical challenges the industry is facing today.

The O-RAN Alliance was founded by operators to clearly define requirements and help the supply chain eco-system build and deploy innovative products and services that will strengthen the industry well into the 21st Century.


The O-RAN Software Community (SC) is a collaboration between the O-RAN Alliance and Linux Foundation with the mission to support the creation of software for the Radio Access Network (RAN). The RAN is the next challenge for the open source community. The O-RAN SC plans to leverage other LF network projects, while addressing the challenges in performance, scale, and 3GPP alignment.

The telecom industry is experiencing a profound transformation and 5G is expected to radically change how we live, work, and play. This means it's critical to make network infrastructure commercially available as quickly as possible to ensure business success for operators. It's time to turn to open source, as it is one of the most efficient ways to accelerate product development in a collaborative and cost-efficient way.

The O-RAN Software Community is focused on aligning with the O-RAN Alliance's open architecture and specifications to achieve a solution that can be utilized for industry deployment. As a new open source community under the Linux Foundation, the O-RAN SC is sponsored by the O-RAN Alliance, and will enable the development of open source software enabling modular, open, intelligent, efficient, and agile disaggregated radio access networks.