Wind River joins O-RAN Alliance to support growth of open source innovation for 5G networks

06 June 2019

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Wind River, a provider of IoT software for critical infrastructure, has joined the O-RAN Alliance in an effort to further advance 5G network technologies. Championing the principles of openness & intelligence, the O-RAN Alliance is working to evolve radio access networks (RAN).

Wind River has been providing open source–based operating system and infrastructure platforms for RAN networks, such as UMTS and LTE, for more than a decade. As 5G continues to roll out, Wind River aims to ensure alignment with its open source platform infrastructure products and O-RAN. A leader in the early 5G landscape, Wind River technology is powering the majority of 5G RAN deployments.

“As the need for more advanced and agile services grows to meet the needs of 5G, it is important to work across the industry to support increasingly open architectures and standardised interfaces for greater interoperability,” said Glenn Seiler, Vice President of Open Source Strategy at Wind River. “We look forward to contributing our expertise around proven infrastructure virtualisation technologies and continue our work to help the industry develop the intelligent foundation needed for the next generation of telecommunications.”

Founded by telecommunications operators, the O-RAN Alliance is committed to further innovating radio access networks (RAN) built on virtualised network elements, white box hardware, and standardised interfaces, with the core principles of openness and intelligence in mind. With greater standardisation, and as interfaces become more open, this can accelerate RAN innovation and lower network costs to ultimately make virtual RAN easier to accomplish.

As an infrastructure provider, Wind River will focus on O-RAN workgroups where it can make key contributions, such as the Cloudification and Orchestration Workgroup and the White Box Hardware Workgroup. 

Virtual RAN and C-RAN are two of the most common use cases for Wind River Linux and Wind River Titanium Cloud. With Wind River Linux, customers can be confident they are using the latest open source innovations, combined with the world-class global support and long-term maintenance that comes from the market-leading commercial-grade embedded Linux. Based on the technology behind the StarlingX open source project, Titanium Cloud is a high performance cloud infrastructure product for the network edge.

With open source being a core value for the O-RAN project, Yocto Project–based Wind River Linux and the StarlingX technologies available in Titanium Cloud can help customers deploy virtualised services faster, at lower cost and with the strict uptime that 5G RAN will demand.

More information about Titanium Cloud and other Wind River telecommunications technologies is available at www.windriver.com/markets/telecommunications/


About the O-RAN Alliance
O-RAN Alliance members and contributors have committed to evolving radio access networks around the world. Future RANs will be built on a foundation of virtualised network elements, white-box hardware and standardised interfaces that fully embrace O-RAN’s core principles of intelligence and openness. An ecosystem of innovative new products is already emerging that will form the underpinnings of the multi-vendor, interoperable, autonomous RAN, envisioned by many in the past, but only now enabled by the global industry-wide vision, commitment and leadership of O-RAN Alliance members and contributors.

O-RAN Alliance membership now consists of 19 operators and more than 65 other contributors.


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