xRAN.org was formed to develop, standardize and promote a software-based, extensible Radio Access Network (xRAN) and to standardizing critical elements of the xRAN architecture. The xRAN architecture transforms today’s static, highly proprietary RAN infrastructure into an extensible, software-based service delivery platform capable of rapidly responding to changing user, application and business needs.
In addition to the industry leading mobile carriers – AT&T, Deutsche Telekom and SK Telecom, xRAN.org includes technology suppliers and research leaders including Intel, Texas Instruments, Aricent, Radisys and Stanford University.
Current RAN architectures result in sub-optimal use of scarce spectrum and radio resources as well as make it hard for operators to program them quickly to meet emerging customer needs. Amid exploding demand for bandwidth and intense demands from new services, carriers need an alternative approach to tackle the escalating capital and operational costs of the existing design as well as make the network more agile to deploy new services.