Fujitsu Limited and NEC Corporation have started developing technologies for interoperability testing between 5G base station equipment conforming to O-RAN specifications at Fujitsu’s U.S. laboratories and NEC’s U.K. laboratories.
This initiative will be implemented as part of the ‘Post 5G Infrastructure Enhancement R&D Project’ under the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) of Japan.
Both companies are scheduled to build a verification environment using these technologies in their respective laboratories from August of this year, then will begin interoperability testing. Leveraging this verification environment offers the potential to significantly streamline interoperability verification between base station equipment from different vendors.
Through this initiative, Fujitsu, NEC, and NEDO will accelerate the global reach of base station equipment that conforms to O-RAN specifications, and contribute to stimulating growth and innovation in the open 5G market.
With the start of 5G commercial services in various countries, post 5G with enhanced functions such as ultra-low latency and multiple simultaneous connections is expected to be used in a variety of industries, such as automobile factories. It is expected that the technologies that realize these functions will serve as the core of Japan’s competitiveness.
Under these circumstances, NEDO commissioned Fujitsu and NEC to conduct R&D on assessment and verification technologies for interoperability between base station equipment in the “Post 5G Infrastructure Enhancement R&D Project,” which is scheduled to run from FY2020 to FY2023.
In response, Fujitsu and NEC are building an environment and developing technologies to assess and verify the interoperability of different vendors’ equipment and the impact of such connections on the entire network.