The NTIA and DoD Are Turning to an Open 5G Stack Ecosystem

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The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is looking to use an open 5G stack ecosystem to accelerate the development and operations of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) missions. After some success using open interfaces in the 5G protocol stack, the NTIA issued a 5G Challenge to find a solution. While 5G protocol stack software is the main goal of the Notice of Inquiry (NOI), additional areas will be explored including open-source applied to a 5G system in regards to core network, end-user equipment, and radio access network (RAN).

Overall, the NTIA is looking to benefit both the stakeholders involved in open 5G stack solutions and the DoD with solutions that come about faster than they would otherwise. Using open source in 5G is an increasingly common option for organizations and vendors. By collaborating, solutions are brought to market faster, cheaper, and with more creativity.

Inoperability is a major problem the DoD is facing and with an open 5G stack ecosystem, the organization will be provided with a variety of vendors full of solutions. The ecosystem will likely grow and continue to innovate as 5G and its many components are in its infancy. The NTIA is asking the industry what incentives will motivate vendors to create solutions to overcome the issues seen in DoD missions to receive the features they need. The organization is also looking into defining the metrics that will rate success and creating various phases of the challenge that will keep things organized. “(5G) wireless networks are poised to transform America’s economic and national security for years to come. ITS’ unique capabilities make it a perfect partner as the Department of Defense pursues cutting edge, innovative 5G applications,” said Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information, Carolyn Roddy.

The DoD continues to look towards 5G and its role in the future of the military. From the creation of the U.S. Space Force to the innovative ideas the fifth generation of wireless is already sparking, it is clear that 5G will play a big part in communicating in the armed forces. Comments regarding the NTIA’s 5G Challenge are due by February 10, 2021.

Source: Fierce Wireless