AT&T seeks collaboration on the 5G RAN Intelligent Controller

Mazin Gilbert, VP Advanced Technology and Systems, AT&T Labs

During the ONS North America event, AT&T presented details of its 5G RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC), developed in conjunction with Nokia and the O-RAN Alliance. The O-RAN Alliance was founded by operators to clearly define requirements and help build a supply chain ecosystem for new open RANs built on virtualised network elements, white-box hardware and standardised interfaces. AT&T and Nokia have handing over the initial seed code to The Linux Foundation to officially release the RIC into open source, so that other interested companies and developers can join and help develop the RIC code. The RIC platform provides a set of functions and interfaces that allow for increased optimisations through policy-driven, closed loop automation, which leads to faster and more flexible service deployments and programmability within the RAN. It also helps foster the creation of a multi-vendor open ecosystem of interoperable components for the disaggregated RAN.

Filmed at ONS North America 2019, San Jose, United States

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