MENLO PARK, Calif., April 26, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — The Open Networking Foundation (ONF), AirHop, Facebook and the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) today announced the first multi-vendor, radio access network (RAN) automation demonstration, consistent with the O-RAN architecture, to provide operators with supplier flexibility for network optimization. As part of the ONF’s SD-RAN project, the joint collaboration supports a broad range of automation services in the form of software services, called xApps by O-RAN, that run on the RAN intelligent controller (RIC).
With today’s announcement, ONF, AirHop, Facebook, TIP, and the broader SD-RAN community have integrated the SD-RAN RIC from ONF with an xApp from AirHop to demonstrate RAN automation. Furthermore, Facebook contributed the software development kit (SDK) and xApp software aligned with a TIP – RAN Intelligence Automation (RIA) sub-group-prioritized use case to connect the AirHop application to the SD-RAN RIC.
SD-RAN is based on the ONF’s well-known ONOS architecture. In SD-RAN, the microservice-based software architecture, known as Micro-ONOS, is a completely re-imagined, modern, cloud-native implementation of the O-RAN near real-time RIC and includes O-RAN-defined interfaces such as E2, O1, and A1.
The SDK from Facebook makes it easy to develop xApps by exposing simplified APIs that adhere to O-RAN specifications. AirHop, Facebook, and ONF are working together with other partners and O-RAN to standardize the APIs…