i14y Lab Summit 2022, Led by Deutsche Telekom is an industry consortium aimed at accelerating network disaggregation and Open RAN by building a European and German ecosystem of vendors and system integrators. Rohde & Schwarz has showcased its O-RAN Radio Units and the end-to-end network performance.
The i14y Lab Summit 2022, held at the lab’s location in Berlin on June 9, 2022, offered guided tours through the lab, interactive sessions, roundtables and workshops with i14y Lab experts and an afternoon of keynotes and panel discussion featuring lab partners, industry players and the German Ministry. Rohde & Schwarz has contributed to the summit with a demo of O-RAN Radio Unit (O-RUs) conformance testing.
Network disaggregation as in O-RAN brings new challenges in terms of interoperability between the network equipment of different vendors. The evolving O-RAN radio units (O-RU) need to conform to both 3GPP and O-RAN standards. Fronthaul conformance tests, defined by the O-RAN ALLIANCE, ensure that the evolving O-RUs are interoperable with the O-RAN distributed unit (O-DU).
In addition, Rohde & Schwarz also presented mobile network testing solutions, which are used to ensure the successful deployment of O-RAN networks, such as R&S®5G Site Testing Solution (Site Testing Solution) and QualiPoc Android. With these tools network owners perform passive and active measurements to analyze essential aspects of the end-to-end network performance:
As a leader in test and measurement for mobile communications, Rohde & Schwarz supports the technical evolution with expertise and active participation in the O-RAN ALLIANCE to enable a globally harmonized market. With a wide portfolio ranging from component verification through fronthaul conformance to mobile network testing and benchmarking, Rohde & Schwarz helps to drive development, certification, deployment and operation of Open RAN networks.
Alexander Pabst, Vice President Market Segment Wireless Communications at Rohde & Schwarz, says: “Disaggregation is one of the key ingredients of the evolution and convergence of networks. The i14y Lab has brought a collaboration space to Berlin that will strengthen Germany and Europe as a leading technology location. Innovation is deeply rooted in the DNA of Rohde & Schwarz. We have been instrumental to the success of wireless communication since its beginnings and we are happy to bring in our expertise here as well.”