O-RAN PlugFest addressed five themes including energy efficiency

O-RAN PlugFest addressed five themes including energy efficiency

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By Jean-Pierre Joosting

The O-RAN Alliance has successfully completed its Global PlugFest Spring 2024, the eighth event, which achieved improvements in areas of RAN energy consumption resulting in TCO optimization, efficiency of O-RAN deployments, and broadening the offer of open and intelligent RAN products on the market.

The semi-annual Global PlugFests, co-sponsered by the O-RAN Alliance and hosted by operators, OTICs and academic or research institutions, aims to enable efficient progress of the O-RAN ecosystem through well organized testing and integration in a neutral environment. The Spring 2024 PlugFest delivered achievements in five themes:

O-RAN energy consumption, efficiency and savings testing — participating labs successfully tested O-RAN energy saving use cases in different network conditions, helping to optimize RAN Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and overall sustainability of mobile network operations.

Demonstrate consistent and repeatable open fronthaul testing in multiple labs — several PlugFest hosts partnered to prove the ability to achieve consistent testing results in independent labs, ensuring testing reliability across labs and regions and supporting certification of O-RAN based products.

Open fronthaul transport testing with multiple O-RUs — Building on previous O-RAN PlugFests, hosts and participants of the Spring 2024 PlugFest successfully extended the number of multi-vendor interoperable configurations in different setups and conditions, broadening the offer of O-RAN solutions for mobile operators.

O-RAN system testing with Layer 1 acceleration — The PlugFest verified readiness to automatically deploy and configure Layer 1 accelerators to allow their efficient testing in different network configurations.

O-RAN E2E deployment templates, DevOps, and test automation — focusing on increasing efficiency of O-RAN network deployments, PlugFest participants demonstrated automation of testing in different areas including testbed setup, security testing, rApps/xApps and RIC testing, utilizing CI/CD processes, and application of the same automation in different labs.

O-RAN Global PlugFest Spring 2024, co-hosted by 20 operators, OTICs, and academic and research institutions, was conducted from February to May 2024 in 18 labs across Asia, Europe, and North America. The PlugFest had 86 participating companies or institutions, some of which participated in more than one venue.

“O-RAN PlugFests complement O-RAN Alliance’s specification effort, helping to facilitate the development of healthy and competitive market of innovative O-RAN based products and services,” said Chih-Lin I, Co-chair of O-RAN Alliance’s Technical Steering Committee and China Mobile Chief Scientist, Wireless Technologies, China Mobile Research Institute. “Targeting testing and integration efforts on priority themes helps to streamline and focus PlugFest work.”

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