The HiPer-RAN (Highly Intelligent, Highly Performing RAN) project aims to develop an open platform able to host diverse, software-based intelligence that accounts for the whole RAN architecture.

Key information

Total project funding amount: £7,895,362

Project date(s): -

Category: Government Funded

Location(s): 5G/6G Innovation Centre, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK

Status: Open


  • University of Surrey
  • AWTG 
  • Lime Microsystems
  • Keysight technologies UK 
  • Viavi solutions UK
  • Virgin Media O2
  • BT

Project Summary

The HiPer-RAN (Highly Intelligent, Highly Performing RAN) project aims to develop an open platform able to host diverse, software-based intelligence that accounts for the whole RAN architecture.  The platform will look to deliver measurable benefits at a system level, contributing to the acceleration of open-interface products and solutions, as well as to the development of an internationally recognised UK telecoms ecosystem.

HiPer-RAN faces two fundamental challenges. Firstly, the development of interoperable, efficient, and reliable software for automation operating at different time scales. Secondly, the efficient translation of intelligence into quantifiable and measurable gains, enabling high-performance, energy efficient, and low latency operation at a system level. 

As such, HiPer-RAN not only focuses on the challenging task of developing efficient and reliable intelligent software applications (e.g., xApps, rApps), but also on the efficient integration of such applications into actual RAN developments to enable measurable gains. Aims of HiPer-RAN include the development of a highly efficient, secure, and scalable Open RAN Intelligent control (RIC) framework. In addition, the development of a flexible, RIC-aware, physical layer framework that accounts for design parameters and processing challenges of Open-RAN systems, enabling alternative ways of designing, developing, and managing telecom infrastructure, that differs from single vendor solutions.

Professor Rahim Tafazolli, Regius Professor said

“HiPer-RAN is an ambitious project that will strongly contribute to the diversification of the UK’s RAN technology marketplace, and will deliver significant, measurable and diverse performance gains, across a wide range of requirements and use-cases, by accommodating innovation across all aspects of the RAN design. The HiPer-RAN consortium consists of partners with a strong and complementary expertise in the field, that bring together their prior product development and research outcomes with the ambition to play a leading role in the development and adoption of Open-RAN technologies, supporting the UK's leading role in the field.”

Organisations participating in this project


AWTG is an end-to-end service provider for the telecommunications market with a global presence.

University of Surrey

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

Lime Microsystems

Lime Microsystems specialises in field programmable RF (FPRF) transceivers, SDR platforms and ecosystem technology for the next generation of wireless broadband systems.

Keysight Technologies

We’re dedicated to providing tomorrow’s test technologies today, enabling our customers to connect and secure the world with their innovations.

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.


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.

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