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Public-private cooperation for entry into the global open RAN market




- Ministry of Science and ICT holds the launching ceremony for "Open RAN Industry Alliance (ORIA)"


- SK Telecom (Chair), KT, LG U+, Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics and other industry leaders participate as board members


- Announcement of the policy direction for open RAN industry, including expansion of "Open RAN Testbeds" and global demonstration projects


- Showcase of collaboration between large businesses and SMEs, such as Samsung Electronics-Solid Co., Nokia-Samji Electronics, and more



On August 16th, at the Business Assistance Hub in Pangyo 2nd Techno Valley, the Ministry of Science and ICT (Minister Lee Jong Ho, hereinafter referred to as 'MSIT') held a launching ceremony for the "Open RAN Industry Alliance (ORIA)," which was established in April. The event was attended by telecommunications companies, manufacturers, software firms and experts from academia and industry related to open RAN technology. During the ceremony, MSIT presented its vision for open RAN policies and the operational direction of ORIA.




According to a study conducted by OMDIA in April, major countries including the United States and Japan are actively introducing open RAN framework into their national telecommunications networks to diversify their pool of telecommunications equipment suppliers. With the additional demand from developing countries in near future, the open RAN market is projected to grow more than fivefold from $1.2 billion in 2021 to $6.4 billion in 2026. In response to this growth in the open RAN market, MSIT has announced the "Open RAN Development Policy Initiatives," which a focus on establishing supportive infrastructure for full lifecycle commercialization, securing technological and standardization-related competitiveness, and promoting a collaborative ecosystem spanning from the public to private sectors.




Highlights in the Open RAN Development Policy Initiatives are as follows. First and foremost, by installing equipment made by global manufacturers into the Open RAN Testbed in Pangyo, MSIT aims to expand testing and demonstration opportunities for domestic businesses. Building on this practice, an international certification system for open RAN equipment will be established, known as K-OTIC (Korea Open Testing and Integration Center). Based on such infrastructure, support will be provided for the commercialization and market entry of domestic open RAN businesses and products. In addition, international events (tentatively called Plugfest), where interoperability of open RAN equipment is verified, will be held twice a year, attracting both domestic and foreign businesses.





Figure 1: Central functionalities of K-OTIC




Next, comprehensive support will be provided to domestic businesses to secure competitiveness in essential technologies, aligned with the developmental stages of open RAN technology. Through open RAN research and development (R&D) projects, core technologies such as in components, equipment, and software, will be developed. Research for domestic and international standardization will be pursued, including active participation in international collaboration* with major countries such as the United States and the United Kingdom.


* (Korea-US) Joint research project for performance enhancement currently in action, with plans to expand collaboration with leading universities such as New York University and Columbia University.


* (Korea-UK) Joint research project for improved power efficiency of open RAN equipment in action.





Figure 2: R&D plans aligned with the developmental stages of open RAN technology




Finally, a collaborative ecosystem for open RAN industry will be cultivated, based on cooperation between the public and private sectors, large, medium, and small-sized enterprises. This will ensure that securing open RAN infrastructure and technological capabilities results in occupying the leading position in both domestic and international markets. The establishment of ORIA, which is an organizational body of private-public partnership, will accelerate the development and advancement of open RAN technology, and will serve as a focal point for driving the discovery and expansion of demand in and out.




             In conjunction with these government policies, ORIA has announced its vision and strategy as follows. First, ORIA will participate in the planning and coordination of the government's open RAN R&D roadmap to contribute to the enhancement of domestic businesses' technological competitiveness. Second, ORIA will take a leading role in domestic and international demonstration and interoperability verification (Plugfest) projects, to generate new open RAN demand. Third, ORIA will actively engage in the establishment of an international certification system and standardization process for open RAN equipment, thereby creating a foundation for entering the global market, and assist Korea in becoming a "leading nation in open RAN technologies and products." SK Telecom has become the inaugural chair of ORIA to lead the open RAN ecosystem.




             On August 16th, Minister Lee Jong Ho of Science and ICT visited the "AI Network Lab," an open RAN testbed operated by National Information Society Agency. (NIA) During the visit, the Minister observed open RAN-based base station equipment and received an explanation about the role and future plans of the testbed.




             Continuing to the booth visits, Minister Lee was introduced to the exemplary cases of collaboration between large businesses and small- and medium-sized enterprises. This included the joint entry of Samsung Electronics and Solid Co. into the US market, as well as Nokia and Samji Electronics' interoperability demonstration of open RAN equipment. Moreover, the Minister examined the achievements in open RAN equipment development and plans for commercialization by promising SMEs that are stepping up to the challenge in the open RAN market, such as HFR Inc., InnoWireless, and FRTek.




             Meanwhile, the Chairman of O-RAN Alliance, a global private organization spearheading the international discussions on open RAN technology and standards, sent a video message from Germany. In the message, the Chairman congratulated the establishment of ORIA, and proposed active cooperation between two bodies. With the participation of 30 businesses and relevant organizations, including demand-side entities (telecommunications operators) and supply-side entities (telecommunications equipment manufacturers and software developers) that together consist the open RAN ecosystem, ORIA is anticipated to engage in vigorous international cooperation in the field of open RAN technology and standardization.




Minister Lee Jong Ho emphasized, "Amidst intensifying global technological competition surrounding communication networks, open RAN is gaining attention as a key element for taking the higher ground in this competition." He further stated, "Through ORIA, we aim to create a collaborative and mutually beneficial ecosystem among the public and private sectors, as well as large businesses and SMEs. We also look forward to proactive engagement into international cooperation in open RAN technology and standardization, which will expand the outreach of Korea in terms of cooperation in advanced technologies in general, not limited to international joint research in the future."






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