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Crafting a Transatlantic Approach to 5G: Assessing the Evolution of Open RAN in the United States and Europe

Date & Time

Nov. 8, 2021
10:00am – 11:30am ET


Join the Woodrow Wilson Center's Science and Technology Innovation Program (STIP) and the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Washington, D.C. as we go beyond the buzzwords for a closer look at the evolution of open 5G network architectures across the transatlantic community.   

Rarely do technical standards capture the public imagination. Yet, open radio access network architectures, Open RAN for short, has increasingly found itself at the forefront of 5G policy and industry discussions on both sides of the Atlantic. One recent forecast predicts that cumulative Open RAN revenues could be as high as $15 billion (or 10% of the overall RAN market) by 2025. Over the past year, four major European operators—Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone, Orange, and Telefonica—joined forces to support the rollout of Open RAN in their future mobile networks across Europe. Similarly, in the U.S., operators such as Verizon, AT&T, and Dish have also expressed interest in Open RAN. However, there is also widespread recognition that commercial deployments continue to face significant challenges and that Open RAN is not a silver bullet for broader economic and national security concerns.  As this space continues to evolve, is there, and to what extent should there be, a transatlantic approach to open 5G network architectures?

With leading industry experts in the field, we will examine (a) the benefits of and concerns associated with open 5G architectures, (b) where we stand—in the United States and Europe—in terms of the development and deployment of Open RAN, (c) the strengths and shortcomings of the transatlantic approach to date, and (d) opportunities for greater transatlantic 5G cooperation and coordination going forward.

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Science and Technology Innovation Program

The Science and Technology Innovation Program (STIP) serves as the bridge between technologists, policymakers, industry, and global stakeholders.  Read more

Global Europe Program

The Global Europe Program is focused on Europe’s capabilities, and how it engages on critical global issues.  We investigate European approaches to critical global issues. We examine Europe’s relations with Russia and Eurasia, China and the Indo-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa. Our initiatives include “Ukraine in Europe” – an examination of what it will take to make Ukraine’s European future a reality.  But we also examine the role of NATO, the European Union and the OSCE, Europe’s energy security, transatlantic trade disputes, and challenges to democracy. The Global Europe Program’s staff, scholars-in-residence, and Global Fellows participate in seminars, policy study groups, and international conferences to provide analytical recommendations to policy makers and the media.  Read more

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