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5G/FutureG Market Survey / Request for Information


Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Pacific, on behalf of the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research & Engineering (OUSD R&E) 5G & FutureG Office and the National Science Foundation, is seeking information from industry and other stakeholders regarding open-source software for 5G/6G Open Radio Access Networks (5G/6G Open RAN) Central Unit + Distributed Unit (CU+DU) components via a Market Survey (MS) / Request for Information (RFI).
This MS/RFI supports the development of a complete end-to-end 5G/6G open-source software ecosystem for use by the DoD and the academic and industrial research community.
Open-source software is vital to the Department of Defense (DoD) for code transparency, which is required to identify security vulnerabilities and boost community contributions in threat identification. The DoD encourages a collaborative environment spurred on by transparency in software components and their dependencies. Such an ecosystem will further strengthen operators’ security posture.
The goal is to identify CU+DU software capable of development into a solution that meets requirements for deployment by DoD and other U.S. government agencies. The software should be flexible regarding segmentation between the DU and a separate radio unit and have the capacity to support broad research use. This MS/RFI seeks information on the initial investment and commercial business case for long-term sustainment, transition, or continued use of the CU+DU solutions as open-source software. Further, this MS/RFI seeks comments from potential research users of the CU+DU open-source software about the requirements necessary for successful research use and the roles they could play to help ensure success.
Interested parties can find criteria and amplifying information at

The deadline for submissions is Nov. 2, 2023.

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