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FCC ANNOUNCES UPCOMING FORUM ON 5G OPEN RADIO ACCESS NETWORKS
September 14, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
September Summit Will Convene Industry and Government Leaders to Discuss Innovative Approach to 5G Network Development.
WASHINGTON, August 18, 2020—Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai
today announced that the Forum on 5G Open Radio Access Networks will take place on
September 14, 2020. The forum, previously scheduled for March but postponed due to the
COVID-19 pandemic, will take place by videoconference and stream online.
Chairman Pai will host experts at the forefront of the development and deployment of open,
interoperable, standards-based, virtualized radio access networks to discuss this innovative new
approach to 5G network architecture. Open Radio Access Networks offer an alternative to
traditional cellular network architecture and could enable a diversity in suppliers, better
network security, and lower costs.
“Open and virtualized radio access networks may help operators deploy more secure, costeffective 5G networks,” said Chairman Pai. “As part of the FCC’s 5G FAST Plan, the agency
has taken many actions to promote American leadership in next generation wireless services.
To that end, we want the United States to lead the way in researching and developing
innovative approaches to mobile network deployment. I am pleased the FCC will convene
these experts for a productive discussion about the current state of ORAN-related technologies
and the path ahead.”
Among the speakers on the agenda for the forum are:
10:30AM-10:45AM: Welcome Remarks
10:50AM-11:30AM: Introduction to Open, Interoperable, and Virtualized Networks
11:45AM-12:45PM: Benefits of Deployment/Driving Innovation
1:40PM-2:50PM: Lessons from the Field: Where Do We Go from Here?
3:00PM-5:00PM: Technical Deep Dive
The Forum on 5G Open Radio Access Networks is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. EST on
Monday, September 14, 2020 and webcast on www.fcc.gov/live and on the event’s webpage.
Additional information regarding the agenda, speakers, and logistics will be available on the
website closer to the event: www.fcc.gov/news-events/events/forum-5g-virtual-radio-accessnetworks.