PerceptRAN has been engaged in identifying and addressing the primary challenges associated with Open RAN platform automation and security.

Key information

Total project funding amount: £2,347,827

Project date(s): -

Category: Government Funded

Location(s): Cambridge and Edinburgh, Scotland

Status: Open


  • Metaswitch Networks 
  • The University of Edinburgh
  • Capgemini UK PLC

Project Summary

PerceptRAN has been engaged in identifying and addressing the primary challenges associated with Open RAN platform automation and security. This has led to the development of an AI driven, highly secure carrier-grade Open RAN platform blueprint. During this development, we successfully constructed a programmable RAN platform imbued with dynamic service models and a concept of a real-time controller to allow for adaptability in response to varying network demands and enable instant management of network and platform resources. We also constructed several novel use cases that demonstrate the potential of the platform including the detection of external interference, and a RAN live migration and failover system. 

PerceptRAN will incorporate the innovative concepts we have developed into the Open RAN standard (O-RAN) architecture and propose the standardisation of the interfaces that enable the exposure of dynamic service models and a real-time controller to xApps. We will also develop the integration further and test the interoperability with multiple available O-RAN components including both proprietary and open-source components, thereby creating an inclusive and versatile supply chain. In addition, we will design and build new O-RAN applications that further enhance the energy, operational, and spectral efficiency of Open RAN leading to more sustainable network operations that are not only environmentally conscious but also offer superior performance in managing network resources. 

PerceptRAN will examine ways to enhance the interoperability of Apps across RAN Intelligent Controller solutions and ease access to large-scale Open RAN data to drive intelligent RAN operations. By doing so, we are taking decisive steps towards a future where Open RAN systems deliver unparalleled services to all stakeholders, embodying the true spirit of open networks.

Organisations participating in this project

Metaswitch Networks

Metaswitch develops, markets and supports cloud native software solutions for communications and networking

University of Edinburgh

The University’s mission is the creation, dissemination and curation of knowledge.


Capgemini is a global leader in consulting, digital transformation, technology and engineering services. The Group is at the forefront of innovation to address the entire breadth of clients’ opportunities in the evolving world of cloud, digital and platforms

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