Panel 2

OpenRAN, including Interoperability/Interworking with Vendor solutions

Tuesday, 16 June 2020, 14:30-15:15 CEST, Recommended re-viewing,
Tuesday, 16 June 2020, 15:15-16:00 CEST, Live interaction, link sent only to Registered people


  • Jorge Pereira, Principal Scientific Officer, European Commission, BE


Motivation and Background

Quoting the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) industry association, OpenRAN is an initiative to define and build RAN solutions based on a general-purpose vendor-neutral hardware and software-defined technology. This will help operators cut the cost of building mobile networks by lowering the barriers to work with new vendors and improving network economics. With vendor-neutral hardware, it will reduce the reliance on a small number of vendors[, thus increasing supply chain security,] by de-coupling the hardware and software components of the network, and [will] decrease the expenditure incurred on network infrastructure. OpenRAN – together with OpenCore – is expected to speed up of 5G network development through its open architecture by allowing for more innovative solutions, in particular those targeting verticals and private networks in general. For all that, the interworking with public systems, and namely with vendor solutions, is essential. In this panel, we will discuss the challenges and opportunities of OpenRAN and the way forward in terms of facilitating deployment of 5G in a variety of scenarios, especially in a post-COVID recovery context.



  • What early deployment/coexistence lessons can be learned?
  • Which requirements need to be fulfilled in order to allow end-to-end “command-and-control”, namely by enabling slicing across domains?
  • How to maximize synergies between vendor equipment and the innovation brought about by the OpenRAN ecosystem?
  • How to use OpenRAN as a means to secure the business chains, enlarge the ecosystem and achieve autonomy?



The panel is composed of (see CVs below):

  • Chair: Jorge Pereira (Moderator) (Principal Scientific Officer, European Commission, BE)
  • Colin Willcock (Head of Radio Network Standardization, Nokia, DE), Presentation available!
  • Pedro Merino (Department of Computer Sciences and Languages, Univ. Malaga, ES), Presentation available!
  • Thomas Magedanz (TU Berlin/ Fraunhofer FOKUS, DE )
  • Uwe Herzog (Programme Manager, Eurescom, DE ), Presentation available!

Jorge Pereira

Jorge Pereira has been with the European Commission since 1996, becoming Principal Scientific Officer in 2005. He has been dealing with ICT, covering a broad variety of areas, with a focus on networking, devices, applications and services, testing and validation, as well as deployment. He is, since 2016, in the area of Future Connectivity Systems, focusing on 5G and beyond, being responsible for the areas of Advanced Spectrum Management; optical-wireless convergence; Connected and Automated Mobility; and Public Protection and Disaster Relief. He obtained the Engineering and M.Sc. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), Lisbon, Portugal in 1983 and 1987, respectively, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering-Systems from the University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, in 1993.

Colin Willcock

Colin Willcock graduated from the University of Sheffield, UK, with a B.Sc in Phyiscs in 1986, an MSc. In Astronomical Technology from the University of Edinburgh in 1987 and a Ph.D. in Parallel Computation from the University of Kent at Canterbury in 1992. Dr. Willcock joined Nokia in 1999, and is currently Head of Radio Network Standardization. He has participated extensively in standardization activities at ETSI, ITU-T and 3GPP, and also has extensive experience of European research having led a number of European projects. Colin Willcock is currently the chairman of the board of the 5G Infrastructure Association.

Pedro Merino

Pedro Merino is professor at University of Malaga (UMA). His research interests are new generation Internet, 5G networks and automated methods for software reliability. He has led more than 30 national and international research projects, most of them in collaboration with industry. He leads a 4G/5G outdoor testbed at Malaga city. Pedro Merino was the chair of the ERCIM WG on Formal Methods for Industrial Critical Systems, and member of the Executive Committee of ERCIM. He represents University of Malaga in Networld2020 ETP and 5G Industrial Association. Pedro Merino is coordinator of EuWirelss project, technical manager of 5GENESIS project and Director of ITIS Software at University of Malaga.

Thomas Magedanz

Thomas Magedanz has been professor at the Technische Universität Berlin, Germany, leading the chair for next generation networks ( since 2004. In addition, since 2003 he has been Director of the Business Unit Software-based Networks (NGNI) at the Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems (FOKUS) in Berlin. For more than 30 years, he has been working in the convergence field of telecommunications, Internet and information technologies. He created many internationally recognized prototype implementations of global telecommunications standards that provide the foundations for the efficient development of various open technology testbeds around the globe. His current interest is in software-based 5G networks for different verticals, with a strong focus on edge computing, network slicing, and private industrial networks.

Uwe Herzog

Uwe Herzog is Programme Manager at Eurescom. He has more than 25 years of professional experience. Uwe has been involved in a number of EC research projects as project coordinator, work-package leader and in other roles, including projects such as WINNER, SPEED-5G, ORPHEUS, 5G EVE, To-Euro-5G and Full5G. Currently he is coordinator of the 5G PPP INSPIRE-5Gplus project that will advance the 5G and beyond security vision by progressing 5G Security. Uwe has several roles in the organization and operation of 5G PPP and NetWorld2020 ETP.
Uwe has been evaluator in the FP7 and H2020 in the area of Future Networks and SME-Instrument on Open Disruptive Innovation. Uwe holds a M.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Chemnitz, Germany, and an MBA from the University of Mannheim and ESSEC Business School Paris.