Bell Canada: How will RIC make open RAN more efficient?

A conversation with Simona Marinova at Bell Canada, and Monica Paolini at Senza Fili on the present and future of RIC in the open RAN

RIC, the RAN Intelligent Controller, promises to make open RAN (and traditional RAN, too) more efficient. But when? Are we ready to deploy RICs? What RIC functionality is available now, and what should we expect over the next few years? How dependent are open RAN deployments on RIC?

Simona Marinova at Bell Canada gave us an update on RIC availability and maturity, and talked about how beneficial RIC will be in the evolution of the RAN. She shared her insight and expertise gained while working at Bell Canada and with the O-RAN ALLIANCE and TIP on multiple open RAN and RIC initiatives.

We talked about the three types of RIC, RIC’s crucial role in open RAN deployments, RIC adoption in traditional RAN, interoperability across RICs, xApps and rApps, and more.

Conversation timestamps

01:00 Introduction

02:32 Simona introduces herself

03:08 What is the RIC

05:28 Interoperability in the RIC and in the RAN

06:51 RIC in the traditional RAN

08:22 Open RAN and open RAN, the evolution of the RAN

09:45 Near-real-time, non-real-time and real-time RICs

13:44 xApps, rApps, examples

16:58 More on interoperability, paradigm shift, SMO

20:26 Standardization, specs

25:21 Ecosystem, TIP, RIA, plugfests

33:53 SMO

38:54 Softwarization, philosophy of open RAN, technology evolution and maturity

44:50 Open RAN at Bell Canada and in Canada

47:55 What’s next

49:32 xApps and rApps adding new functionality (or not)

51:50 AI/ML

54:14 Applications and use cases, network slicing, service assurance

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