UK and Korea launch ‘world-first’ O-RAN collaboration

The governments of the UK and South Korea have announced a joint-funded £3.6m competition to collaborate on a “world-first” R&D project to accelerate the development of Open Radio Access Network (O-RAN) technology.

For the collaboration, each country’s government will fund a group of several companies to work together to accelerate the development of technical solutions to improve power efficiency in O-RAN networks.

The collaboration forms part of a £25m allocation by the government towards what it is calling the ‘Future Open Networks Research Challenge’ - which will fund early-stage research into open and interoperable telecom solutions.

To coordinate the challenge, a new £10 million body called the UK Telecoms Innovation Network (UKTIN) has been set up to act as a hub for industry and academics looking to access funding or R&D testing facilities. Teams from Digital Catapult, CW (Cambridge Wireless), University of Bristol and West Midlands 5G have been tasked with heading up UKTIN by the government.

A Department for Culture, Media and Sport spokesperson said: “By supporting the emergence of interoperable solutions, the Open Networks R&D Fund aims to improve the resilience of the nation’s telecoms networks, lower deployment costs, and enable innovative new players to take on the incumbents.

Register now to continue reading

Thank you for visiting Land Mobile, register now for free and unlimited access to our industry-leading content. 

What's included:

  • Unlimited access to all Land Mobile content

  • New content and e-bulletins delivered straight to your inbox