Friday, April 29, 2022

UK government publishes Open RAN Principles

Julia Lopez, Digital Infrastructure Minister for the UK, announced a set of principles for developing and deploying Open RAN equipment:

  • Open disaggregation, allowing elements of the RAN to be sourced from different suppliers.
  • Standards-based compliance, allowing all suppliers to test solutions against standards in an open, neutral environment.
  • Demonstrated interoperability, ensuring disaggregated elements work together as a fully functional system.
  • Implementation neutrality, allowing suppliers to innovate and differentiate on the features and performance of their products.

"With so much momentum behind Open RAN, now is the right time to set these principles so industry and governments can take a common approach to developing and deploying this technology, so it delivers on its promise to disrupt the market and spark a wave of innovation and competition in telecoms," stated Lopez.

SpaceX launches 53 more Starlinks

On Friday, April 29, SpaceX launched 53 Starlink satellites to low-Earth orbit from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.

The mission was the sixth flight for the Falcon 9 first stage booster,  which previously launched GPS III Space Vehicle 04, GPS III Space Vehicle 05, Inspiration4, Ax-1, and now two Starlink missions.  The last mission with this booster was just 3 weeks ago -- a new record for quick turnaround.