Couple of years back, just before MWC 2019, we made what I would like to think of as the first proper explanation of Open RAN. I posted it on this blog here and the video has been viewed nearly 45,000 times. At that time, the concept of Open RAN was still quite new and in my day job with Parallel Wireless*, I was spending quite some time explaining what it really means.
Anyway, I think it made the concept of Open RAN so easy to understand that I have seen tens, if not hundreds, of people copy it, but only a few kind people give credit.
With the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) and O-RAN driving the ecosystem further, I along with my Parallel Wireless colleagues, created a series of videos to explain the concept a bit more in detail. As expected, the introductory videos have been extremely popular while the others have been reasonably popular as well. The concept from these videos have been copied even far and wider than the original one.
Embedded below is the playlist of all the videos (6 currently but 1 more in works):
In addition to these, I maintain a list of Open RAN whitepapers (publicly available without registration), some good articles, etc. on the 3G4G website here. I try and update the site on a regular basis so feel free to put any resources in the comments of this post and I will add them on the site during the next update.
- The 3G4G Blog: A quick tutorial on Open RAN, vRAN & White Box RAN
- 3G4G: Open RAN, OpenRAN and O-RAN
- Telecoms Infrastructure Blog: Small Cells World Summit Open RAN Webinar
- The 3G4G Blog: From traditional RAN to Open RAN – O-RAN: Goals and Challenges
- Telecoms Infrastructure Blog: NTT Docomo’s 5G Network is based on ‘Open RAN’ Principles
*Full Disclosure: I work for Parallel Wireless as a Senior Director, Technology & Innovation Strategy. This blog is maintained in my personal capacity and expresses my own views, not the views of my employer or anyone else. Anyone who knows me well would know this.