Ooredoo Qatar says it is pioneering a field trial of Open RAN tailored for indoor environments. The test is set to commence in Q1 2024 and will be done in cooperation with OREX, the trademark and service brand of NTT Docomo for Open RAN. OREX will act as the prime systems integrator in the field trial with cloud infrastructure software from Wind River, hardware from Dell, acceleration equipment from Nvidia, and CU/DU software from Fujitsu. 

Based on the open source StarlingX project, the only distributed cloud top-tier Open Infra Project, Wind River Studio provides a fully cloud-native, Kubernetes and container-based architecture to develop, deploy, operate and service distributed edge networks at scale. It provides a foundation to manage a geographically distributed network and simplifies day 1 and day 2 operations by providing a single display, zero-touch automated system.

This addresses the challenge for service providers in deploying and managing cloud-native infrastructure for core-to-edge distributed cloud networks, to provide traditional RAN performance in a vRAN/Open RAN deployment. This implementation is a first of its kind as it aims to fulfil the promises of Open RAN indoors.

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