WINLAB and Open Network Foundation Team receives an award from NTIA Wireless Innovation Fund to improve 5G O-RAN Energy Efficiency

WINLAB in collaboration with the Open Network Foundation (ONF) is a recipient of an award for $1.97M announced as part of the second round of awards announced by the Biden-Harris Administration’s Wireless Innovation Fund. The $1.5 billion Wireless Innovation Fund supports the development of open and interoperable wireless networks as part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s Investing in America agenda. Open and interoperable wireless equipment will help drive competition, strengthen global supply chain resilience and lower costs for consumers and network operators. Please see a press release from the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) here.

WINLAB Chief Technology Officer Ivan Seskar is the Rutgers PI for the project titled “5G Energy Efficiency: Metrics, Models, and Systems Tests” and will lead a research team including Dr. N. K. Shankaranarayanan, that funds activities at WINLAB for a period of 2 years at $750k. In partnership with ONF, WINLAB will develop testing methods that assess the energy consumption and efficiency of individual 5G network components and end-to-end Open Radio Access Network (O-RAN) architectures.

The project will leverage the fact that the COSMOS testbed is an Open Testing and Integration Center (OTIC).

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