ONF Spotlight – 5G Transformation with Open Source

Sep 08, 2020 to Sep 09, 2020 | Virtual

5G is transforming the network in two distinct and equally important ways.  On the application front, 5G needs to support massive IoT, latency sensitive edge applications and mission critical functions.  On the other hand, 5G infrastructure needs to deliver desperately needed CAPEX/OPEX and spectral efficiencies while disaggregating the network (both hardware and software) to allow for the democratization of the network so new entrants can innovate and bring forward new disruptive solutions.

While organizations like O-RAN and 3GPP are driving standardization of disaggregated architectures, history has shown that applying SDN design principles and creating open source implementations for components of the disaggregated architecture will serve as major drivers for innovation, enabling both technological and business transformation.

This Spotlight on 5G Transformation with Open Source will take a deeper look at the various open source initiatives being implemented across both the RAN and Core mobile ecosystems, highlighting innovative disaggregated architectures that are being researched and pursued, and providing perspective and insight into the business impact of this massive transformation taking place across the mobile ecosystem.

A Call for Proposals (CFP) is now open to invite individual presenters, panels, and demonstrations for the ONF Spotlight – 5G Transformation with Open Source forum. A committee of industry experts together with the ONF technical team will review submissions and select the presentations to be included. Don’t miss this opportunity to participate!

Submit CFP  – Submissions close extended to July 15, 2020.

Suggested  CFP Topics:


  • RAN Disaggregation
  • O-RAN implementation strategies
  • RAN slicing
  • P4, FPGAs, NICs and other accelerators applied to RAN implementations
  • O-RAN compatible RIC implementations (Near-Real Time and Non-Real Time)
  • CU and DU split architectures
  • CU and DU open implementations
  • Open fronthaul implementations
  • Open hardware for RAN
  • ML/AI-driven control of RAN resources and RRM functions
  • Applying fine grained measurement and control to secure and optimize RANs
  • SDN in the RAN domain for abstracting and centralizing control functions
  • RAN Ecosystem transformation and opportunities


  • NG-Core implementations and open source strategies
  • UPF (user plane) implementation strategies
  • Cloud-native scaleout implementation experience
  • P4, FPGAs, NICs and other accelerator applications for mobile core
  • Core slicing
  • Fixed-Wireless optimized cores
  • Mobile Core ecosystem transformation and opportunities


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