NTT DOCOMO, a leading mobile operator with over 83 million customers in Japan, will introduce its Open RAN initiatives via presentations and demonstrations at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2022.
Seizo Onoe, Chief Standardization Strategy Officer of NTT and Fellow of NTT DOCOMO, will make a presentation during OpenRAN: A Vision of 5G & the Future of 6G. Topics will include interoperability standards for Open RAN and solutions for facilitating 5G deployment and ensuring the future of 6G.
DOCOMO’s Naoki Tani, Executive Vice President & Chief Technology Officer, and Sadayuki Abeta, Vice President & General Manager of the Radio Access Network Development Department, will make a presentation on The Reality of Open RAN, which will be organized by Fujitsu. They will discuss learnings, challenges and the true value of Open RAN deployment as well as related security, integration, etc.
DOCOMO will join OREC members Fujitsu, Wind River and NVIDIA to demonstrate an Open vRAN with an O-RAN open fronthaul interface between O-RU and O-DU. The partners are scheduled to launch an Open vRAN network offering multi-vendor connectivity.
DOCOMO will join OREC members NEC, Dell, Red Hat and Xilinxto demonstrate a vRAN incorporating software compatible with O-RAN Reference Architecture. The vRAN will be implemented on the latest virtualization infrastructure and also a general-purpose server incorporating the latest microprocessors and hardware acceleration.
DOCOMO will conduct a virtual exhibition during MWC Barcelona 2022, showcasing the evolving 5G and 6G technologies, O-RAN business and services. Exhibits and presentations will be viewable on the DOCOMO website.
NTT DOCOMO, a developer of Open RAN and one of the founders of the O-RAN Alliance, became the world’s first mobile operator to launch a commercial 5G service with an Open RAN in March 2020. Also, the company partnered with to establish the 5G Open RAN Ecosystem (OREC) last February.
Currently, DOCOMO and its 13 partners are conducting verifications to develop Open RAN capable of interconnecting equipment of multiple vendors.
The 13 OREC members are Dell Technologies, Fujitsu, Hewlett Packard, Intel, Mavenir, NEC, NTT DATA, NVIDIA, Qualcomm Technologies, Red Hat, VMware, Wind River and Xilinx.