The O-RAN Alliance is a worldwide community of telcos, vendors, government, research, and academic organizations creating an open specification for the radio area network (RAN). The specification defines
a component called Service Management and Orchestration or SMO that addresses the orchestration, management, and automation aspects of O-RAN. The SMO is critical for supporting and managing a multi-vendor RAN environment. With the right SMO, you can choose the best-of-breed network function
(RU, CU, DU, and NearRT RIC) and simultaneously reduce OPEX.
The O-RAN Software Community (O-RAN SC) is focused on aligning with the O-RAN Alliance's open architecture and specifications to achieve a solution that can be utilized for industry deployment including the O-RAN SMO. The Aarna Networks team is an active participant and contributor to the O-RAN SC SMO project and has leveraged project artifacts to build the industry’s first open source O-RAN SMO.
The O-RAN SMO is becoming a reality through the O-RAN Alliance & O-RAN Alliance SC