Keysight and IBM to accelerate Open RAN deployments in Europe

Keysight and IBM to accelerate Open RAN deployments in Europe

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By Jean-Pierre Joosting

Keysight Technologies has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with IBM to pursue accelerating open radio access network (RAN) deployments in Europe. 

IBM endeavors to use Keysight Open Radio Architect (KORA) systems in the its Open RAN center of excellence (CoE), established in 2021, to help mobile operators drive innovation to meet the standards defined by the O-RAN ALLIANCE. IBM intends to integrate Keysight’s software-centric open RAN test, measurement and emulation tools with IBM’s Cloud Pak for Network Automation, an AI-powered telco cloud platform that enables the automation of network operations.

Kalyan Sundhar, vice president and general manager for Keysight’s wireless network access business commented: “The integration of Keysight’s open RAN test systems with IBM’s Cloud Pak for Network Automation will help service providers in automating applications that are critical to delivering a wide range of connectivity services.”

Based in Madrid, Spain, IBM’s CoE enables communications service providers (CSPs) to deploy IBM solutions in their laboratory environments or live networks to support private and industrial applications. IBM’s CoE aims to advance digital transformation in the telco industry and is supported by IBM Consulting.

“IBM’s hybrid cloud, automation and security systems are utilized by some of the world’s largest telcos to support their efforts for the next era of communication,” stated Oscar Gonzalez Nogueira, Industry Partner at IBM. “The integration of Keysight’s tools into IBM’s Cloud Pak for Network Automation will further support our ecosystem of CSPs to enhance application and network automation.”

Keysight’s open RAN products will support IBM in demonstrating open radio access systems to CSPs seeking partnerships. These systems will enable vendors to verify conformance, interoperability, performance and security, resulting in the deployment of fully interoperable RAN equipment. IBM’s CoE intends to use Keysight’s radio unit simulator, RuSIM, to validate O-RAN distributed units (O-DU); CoreSIM, to verify the performance of open RAN equipment and Nemo to optimize and monitor wireless networks.

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