As an extension of FRANC projects, ARIANE aims to test – under carrier grade conditions, the impact on an Open RAN network of multiple apps running individually and concurrently in a multi-RIC environment.

Key information

Total project funding amount: £6,004,167

Project date(s): -

Category: Government Funded

Location(s): London

Status: Open


  • Telecom Infra Project
  • British Telecommunications 
  • Accenture UK Limited
  • Amdocs UK Limited
  • Arqit UK Limited
  • HCL Technologies UK Limited
  • Reply UK Limited trading as Net Reply UK
  • Viavi Solutions UK Limited
  • VMWare UK Limited
  • Adtran 

Project Summary

Project ARIANE is proud to be one of the DSIT ONE competition winners and has an objective to further the UK cause for RAN Intelligence and software development. ARIANE includes 9 partners: TIP, British Telecommunication PLC, Accenture UK, Amdocs UK Limited, Arqit UK, HCL Technologies, UK Reply, Viavi Solutions UK, VMWare UK, with support from Accelleran, Radisys and Adtran.

As an extension of FRANC projects, ARIANE aims to test – under carrier grade conditions, the impact on an Open RAN network of multiple apps running individually and concurrently in a multi-RIC environment.  The outcomes include results of testing a set of prioritised purpose-built AI/ML applications on network performance, as well as insights for the standards community on conflict management, security-by-design, and interface performance. 

Vishal Mathur, Global Head of Engagement, Telecom Infra Project said:  

“The RAN Intelligence arena has expanded massively in terms of new use cases, new vendor-led AI/ML based applications and operators taking the opportunity to test out the performance and optimisation effects on traditional and Open RAN networks.  But the arena is maturing and is in need of a marketplace of tested and certified solutions that deliver performance benefit for mobile network operations, as well as furthering of standards in Open RAN interface design.

On behalf of the ARIANE consortium, TIP is excited to see the UK Government take a leadership stance in this space, and to continue to expand upon its incumbent skill base in software development.  Through efforts like the ONE competition, TIP hopes to see hardened solutions, developed by UK industry, being certified by TIP and coming to market. 

TIP is excited to be working with 8 other partners on Project ARIANE, and as a consortium, proud to be one of the winners in the ONE competition.  Over 18 months, the team hopes to develop out & harden a set of prioritised xAPPs / rAPPs under carrier grade conditions, as well as offer practical insights into further standards development in conflict management, security-by-design and interface specification.”

Organisations participating in this project

Telecom Infra Project (TIP)

The Telecom Infra Project (TIP) is a global community of companies and organizations that are driving infrastructure solutions to advance global connectivity.


BT is a leading global business communications provider. With more than 17,000 people worldwide, BT supply ICT services to 5,500 multinational companies across 180 countries worldwide.


We use transformational quantum encryption technology to keep safe the data of our governments, enterprises and citizens

VIAVI Solutions

VIAVI Solutions (NASDAQ: VIAV) is a global leader in both network and service enablement and optical security performance products and solutions. Our technologies contribute to the success of a wide range of customers – from the world’s largest mobile operators and governmental entities to enterprise network and application providers to contractors laying the fiber and building the towers that keep us connected.


Adtran, Inc. is a leading global provider of open, disaggregated networking and communications equipment that enable voice, data, video and internet communications across any network infrastructure.

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