Pre-announcement & call for interest
OpenRAN Services & Platforms PlugFest Fall 2022

The i14y Lab pre-announces its upcoming Open RAN PlugFest, that will be part of the O-RAN ALLIANCE Global PlugFest Fall 2022. This activity is supported by Deutsche Telekom, EANTC and Vodafone. We invite all vendors of Open RAN-related solutions and platforms to declare interest and get involved early.

 

Specifically, the testing in Berlin will be closely aligned with other European hosts of the expected joint Telecom Infra Project (TIP) and O-RAN ALLIANCE (O-RAN) PlugFest.

 

During the event, participating vendors will get the opportunity to validate the market readiness of their individual solutions, and to explore multi-vendor interoperability. The tests will be based on O-RAN and TIP test specifications. We will take technical priorities provided by the OpenRAN MoU Group of European service providers into account as well.

 

All tests will be executed in a vendor-neutral environment with multiple test tools and partially automated test execution.

 

The PlugFest will be based on O-RAN and TIP test specifications and plans customized for this session. The specific list of applicable tests and low-level steps will be selected together with interested participants in preparation of the PlugFest.

Participation Benefits
  • Opportunity to integrate and test Open RAN-based solutions in a multi-vendor environment
  • Address advanced O-RAN and TIP test scenarios, aiming to go beyond the proven basics and close the gap to production readiness
  • Professional planning, execution, and documentation in a hybrid lab environment, enabling remote testing and reducing the participation overhead
  • Automated, efficient test execution with reduced manual intervention, accelerating the testing process
  • Alignment of test coverage and results across service providers co-hosting the PlugFest, which opens opportunity to showcase solution readiness to operators and O-RAN ALLIANCE as well as TIP audiences
High Level Test Scope

The detailed test coverage will be derived from existing O-RAN and TIP test plans, customized with interested parties and European co-hosts in June and July 2022, and test cases / combinations will be selected based on implementation support.

 

  • Verification of O-RAN based O-RU, O-DU/ O-CU implementations for Open Fronthaul functions and performance
  • OpenFH transport equipment testing, including PTP/ SyncE clock synchronization performance
  • Testing of multi-vendor O-RAN Alliance-based end-to- end solutions including products and solutions aligned with TIP requirements documents
  • Demonstration of RICs implementing the O-RAN specified A1/E2 interfaces
  • Evaluation of Near-RT RIC xApps in standalone emulation scenarios
  • Validation and demonstration of Cloud Architecture and Deployment Scenarios (CADS) for all O-RAN architecture components
  • SMO north-bound management plane testing

 

New or improved test cases that are developed as part of this event will be upstreamed to the respective SDO.

RSVP

To receive further information send us an email to plugfest-request@i14y-lab.com 

Please kindly note
For aspiring participants
Key aspects of the event

Venue

i14y Lab

Deutsche Telekom Innovation Campus, Berlin, Germany

Organizers

i14y Lab Collaborative Project with PlugFest support from Deutsche Telekom and EANTC

Invited participants expected to provide

O-RU, O-DU, O-CU near-RT or non-RT RIC; SMO, xApps, rApps; test and measurement-equipment; cloud platforms and acceleration solutions

Shipping Deadline

September 9

Prestaging

September 12 to October 14

Main PlugFest

October 24 to November 4

Report Editing

November 

Publication

Early December 2022 following O-RAN planning

 

 

About i14y Lab

The i14y Lab is an open lab for interoperability testing of disaggregated telco systems, such as Open RAN. The lab is operated by a consortium of strong academic and industry partners led by Deutsche Telekom and supported with funding from the German Ministry of Digital and Transport (BMDV).

 

We provide infrastructure for integration tests with the aim to certify market readiness and accelerate time to market for multi-vendor disaggregated telco solutions. By creating and providing a vendor independent environment, we promote the development of an innovative, open, and interoperable telco ecosystem.