Sterlite Tech to Build Near Real-Time Controllers For 5G Using Open-Source Code

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Once developed, the near real-time controller will help O-RAN Alliance operators accelerate the development and commercialisation of 5G networks globally

Data network solutions company Sterlite Tech will be contributing to the O-RAN Alliance, a global carrier-led consortium that promotes software-based extensible Radio Access Network (RAN).

Building on a foundation of virtualised network elements and standardised interfaces that embraces higher levels of embedded intelligence and openness, Sterlite Tech will contribute to and leverage reference designs developed by the O-RAN Alliance, the Pune-based company said in a statement.

The company will be using open-source code to build a near real-time controller and distributed units, with white box hardware. It will also contribute code and results from field trials for 5G technology.

“As a contributor to the O-RAN Alliance, Sterlite Tech is committed to evolve RANs. With our Programmable, Open, Disaggregated Solution (PODS), we are contributing our capabilities and expertise to build future RANs on the foundation of virtualised network elements, white-box hardware, open and standardised interfaces,” said Dr Badri Gomatam, Group CTO, Sterlite Tech.

Once developed, the near real-time controller will help the Alliance operators accelerate the development and commercialisation of 5G networks globally, Gomatam added.

Sterlite Tech’s Future Plans

The company plans to work with the community to develop curated and hardened O-RAN based solutions.

Its other plans include testing these solutions at Sterlite Networks, a fully operational carrier-neutral telecommunications network, and to establish field readiness in a carrier-grade environment.

This unique approach will help Sterlite Tech’s carrier customers ascertain certification and conformance to the O-RAN Alliance specifications and accelerate their time to market.

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