Open-Source Open RAN Simulation Platform

Mavenir has announced the release of ns-O-RAN, an open-source Open RAN simulator developed with researchers at Northeastern University’s Institute for the Wireless Internet of Things (WIoT). Mavenir claims it’s the first open-source platform for end-to-end simulation of 5G Open RAN wireless networks.

Mavenir explained that the foundation of ns-O-RAN is ns-3, a popular open-source network event simulator that’s licensed under the GNU GPLv2 license, “a functional end-to-end network simulator that simulates all the layers of the RAN protocol stack along with core network functions and mobile traffic applications.”

It enables thorough, end-to-end simulation of an O-RAN Near Real-Time RAN Intelligent Controller (Near-RT RIC)–optimized 5G Radio Access Network (RAN) over E2.

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