O-RAN - the Next Step for 5G

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Advances in telecommunications capabilities are a major driver in Department of Defense programs. From creating secure private networks that U.S. military forces and their partners can use in conflicts to integrating 5G capabilities to create “smart” warehouses to significant improvements in supply chain logistics, DoD has been committed to investing in rethinking the meaning and applications of communications.


One of the next steps is O-RAN – Open Radio Access Networks. O-RAN is based on developing interoperability and standardization of radio access networks, including a unified interconnection standard for hardware and software, including open source, from many different vendors. For instance, there is ongoing research by the Commonwealth Cyber Initiative, conducted by Virginia Tech, to test O-RAN configurations and capabilities, funded in part by the CHIPS Act.


Learning Objectives:

  • Outline the security considerations for O-RAN open ecosystems for military and commercial networks because of the multi-vendor environment
  • Define ways that both defense and civilian agencies can collaborate with industry, academia, and international partners in O-RAN research and development
  • Identify the ways that successful O-RAN implementations will benefit both DoD and the broader needs of the U.S.

Speaker and Presenter Information

Dr. Arupjyoti (Arup) Bhuyan, Director of the Wireless Security Institute (WSI) & Directorate Fellow in the Idaho National Laboratory (INL)

Dr. Arup Bhuyan
Director, Wireless Security
Institute & Directorate Fellow,
Idaho National Laboratory


Dr. Aloizio P. Da Silva, CCI xG Testbed Director, CCI & Research Faculty at ECE Department, Virginia Tech

Dr. Aloizio P. Da Silva
CCI xG Testbed Director,
CCI & Research Faculty at
ECE Dept., Virginia Tech



Amanda Toman, Director, Public Wireless Supply Chain Innovation Fund, NTIA. U.S. Dept of Commerce

Amanda Toman
Director, Public Wireless Supply
Chain Innovation Fund, NTIA,
U.S. Dept. of Commerce


Caroline Chan, Vice President & General Manager of 5G, Intel

Caroline Chan
VP & GM of 5G,
Intel Corporation


Steve Vogelsang, Federal CTO, Nokia

Steve Vogelsang
Federal CTO,


Jane Norris, Moderator & Contributing Editor, FedInsider

Jane Norris
Moderator & Contributing Editor,

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Fri, Oct 27, 2023, 2:00pm - 3:00pm ET

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