FP Virtual Dialogue: Open Networks

November 17, 2020

How O-RAN can drive collaboration & security across the 5G ecosystem

Foreign Policy, in partnership with Nokia, continued our virtual dialogue series with a conversation exploring the promise and potential of Open RAN to support a robust and competitive 5G ecosystem and advance the development of emerging network technologies.

The advent of 5G brings an increase in mobile traffic: It will allow far more devices to access the mobile internet at the same time, empower enhanced mobile broadband and support IoT technologies to underpin smart homes, cities and economies. To build this increased capacity, telecommunications providers will have to enhance, expand, and innovate the radio network that provides those services. Many argue that a more diverse ecosystem for equipment and software can facilitate this innovation, ultimately expanding access and lowering costs for consumers. 

Open access radio networks (Open RAN or O-RAN) could allow for a more competitive ecosystem of vendors and enable greater flexibility for network operators. It also could empower a far greater range of wireless capabilities and much denser equipment deployments, arguably enhancing the viability of 5G connectivity into rural or isolated areas. How might this open-ecosystem approach and interoperability help scale and sustain 5G?

Watch as we aim to demystify the concept of O-RAN and its ability to build an innovative, competitive and secure 5G ecosystem. How can government and industry work together to support the rollout of these powerful network technologies, and how might these efforts enhance global collaboration and efficiencies across a range of sectors? 

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Event Details
November 17, 2020
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM EST
Ravi Agrawal
Ravi Agrawal is the managing editor of Foreign Policy. Before joining FP, Agrawal worked at CNN for more than a decade, including his most recent position as the network’s N...
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Chris Boyer
Vice President of Global Public Policy, AT&T
Chris Boyer is Vice President of Global Security and Technology Policy at AT&T Services, Inc., where he is responsible for the company's global policy positions related to c...
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Brian Hendricks
VP of Policy and Public Affairs, Nokia Americas
Brian Hendricks is VP of Policy and Public Affairs for Nokia Americas. He is responsible for regulatory and legislative policy and developments impacting technology and innova...
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Diane Rinaldo
Executive Director, Open RAN Policy Coalition
Diane Rinaldo, Executive Director of the Open RAN Policy Coalition, is one of the country's ...
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Geoffrey Starks
Commissioner, FCC
Commissioner Geoffrey Starks believes that communications technology has the potential to be one of the most powerful forces on Earth for promoting equality and opportunity. To ...
Jaisha Wray
Associate Administrator, International Affairs, Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration
Jaisha Wray is the Associate Administrator for International Affairs at the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration.  In this role...

For more information, contact Diana Marrero, Senior Vice President of Strategic Development.