According to foreign media reports, this Monday, Google announced that it officially joined the O-RAN alliance, which is part of the company’s overall strategy in the 5G and telecommunications fields. Google said that joining the O-RAN alliance will enable it to “jointly promote and accelerate” the development of the RAN industry.
By joining this organization mainly promoted by telecom operators, Google intends to contribute to relevant standards and innovations in the industry.
“We believe that the industry-wide open reference architecture and interface for RAN is the key to promoting communication service provider (CSP) mobile network innovation- the O-RAN alliance has promoted the major development of the RAN layer and has obtained many large-scale CSPs. (These CSPs have become the early adopters of the standard). The O-RAN specification will also create conditions for enhancing network security and achieve a more competitive and vibrant RAN supplier ecosystem through faster innovation, thereby improving the user experience and unlocking a new CSP operating model.” Google wrote in a blog post.
Specifically, Google will focus on the research and exploration of software, 5G, hybrid and multi-cloud environments, and network-based AI technologies in O-RAN.
“We are excited about the future development and look forward to working with alliance members to help promote O-RAN’s ambitions from vision to reality.” Google said.
Google released its Global Mobile Edge Cloud (GMEC) strategy in March 2020. Google Cloud is now focusing on three areas: the realization of 5G networks-especially in terms of business services and solutions, data-driven customer experience, and improving the operational efficiency of key telecommunications systems.
“Many of these provide important opportunities for business transformation, which is why we are happy to work with leading telecommunications, partners and customers to jointly promote industry transformation and create a better overall experience for users around the world.” Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian said at the time.