The O-RAN Software Community Launched by the O-RAN Alliance and Linux Foundation

By Chantal Polsonetti

Acquisition or Partnership

The O-RAN Alliance and the Linux Foundation announced the creation of the O-RAN Software Community (O-RAN SC).

The O-RAN SC will provide open software aligned with the O-RAN Alliance’s open architecture.  As a new open source community under the Linux Foundation, the O-RAN SC is sponsored by the O-RAN Alliance, and together they will develop open source software enabling modular, open, intelligent, efficient, and agile disaggregated radio access networks. 

The initial set of software projects may include:

  • near-real-time RAN intelligent controller (nRT RIC),
  • non-real-time RAN intelligent controller (NRT RIC),
  • cloudification and virtualization platforms,
  • open central unit (O-CU),
  • open distributed unit (O-DU),
  • and a test and integration effort to provide a working reference implementation.

Working with other adjacent open source networking communities, the O-RAN SC will enable collaborative development across the full operator network stack.

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