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Keysight, IBM join to speed ORAN deployment in Europe

8th September 2022
Mick Elliott

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

IBM endeavours to use Keysight Open Radio architect (KORA)  solutions in the company's Open RAN centre 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 IBMs 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. "The integration of Keysight's open RAN test solutions 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 solutions are utilised 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 solutions will support IBM in demonstrating O-RAN solutions to CSPs seeking partnerships. These open RAN solutions 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 Wireless Network Solutions to optimise and monitor wireless networks.

Keysight delivers end-to-end system test solutions to an open RAN ecosystem that consists of more than 300 mobile operators, vendors and research institutes. Keysight contributes in-depth technical expertise in front-haul transport interfaces, energy consumption optimisation and network security, to drive maturity in O-RAN specifications that will accelerate the adoption of open RAN architectures.

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