The operators plan to release the results of the RFI and a shortlist of potential vendors at the TIP Summit in October in London.
Groups like the ORAN Forum, Cisco’s Open vRAN initiative, and TIP’s OpenRAN Group are all working to virtualize the RAN. The Linux Foundation has kept its distance, so far.
Operators want to be able to use different radio heads from different vendors and have them interoperate with existing baseband units. This spec will make that possible.