5G MoDE (Mobile oRAN for highly Dense Environments), seeks to revolutionise how we manage dense mobile network traffic using oRAN.

Key information

Total project funding amount: £1,508,807

Project date(s): -

Category: Government Funded

Location(s): Reading

Status: Open


  • Virgin Media O2
  • Mavenir
  • VMWare 
  • University of Surrey

Project Summary

5G MoDE (Mobile oRAN for highly Dense Environments), seeks to revolutionise how we manage dense mobile network traffic using oRAN. 

Led by VMO2, our consortium will develop and demonstrate the effectiveness of the 5G MoDE concept in real-world scenarios. Mavenir, a key consortium member and technical lead, and will provide essential hardware, software, and services. 

5G MoDE is not just about winning a competition; it's about redefining the future of mobile connectivity, one open network at a time. Our project aims to have a significant impact on the high-density mobile traffic landscape, driving the adoption of open mobile networks and creating a more connected and empowered world.

Through this project, we envision overcoming the challenges of high-density mobile network traffic by leveraging advanced technologies and intelligent design. Our focus areas include a RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC) Intelligence, power-saving and capacity optimisation, centralised cloud units, zero-footprint implementation, and Massive MIMO AAUs. By combining these elements, we aim to enhance spectrum efficiency, reduce energy consumption, optimise network capacity, minimise environmental impact, and provide superior service even in densely populated areas.

Dr David Owens, Head of technical trials, Virgin Media O2 said: 

We are excited and honoured to have been awarded funding for the 5G MoDE (MoRAN) project as the lead partner. It is great to see that DSIT recognises the significance and potential impact of our innovative approach in addressing the challenges of operating oRAN networks in areas with large amounts of people present. Virgin Media O2 is looking forward to embarking on this journey and working collaboratively with our consortium partners to deliver a ground-breaking solution that we hope will revolutionise oRAN network management in highly dense environments. This funding will enable us to accelerate the development of 5G oRAN, bringing us closer to our vision of a highly optimised and sustainable mobile connectivity future.

Organisations participating in this project

Mavenir Systems


University of Surrey

The University of Surrey enhance their research excellence and scale to be recognised internationally as a leading research university.

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