North American OTIC in the Boston Area

Open6G O-RAN Testing and Integration Center

The Open6G Open Testing and Integration Center (OTIC) is a hub for developing and testing next-generation wireless networks based on Open RAN. The OTIC was approved by the O-RAN Alliance as North American OTIC in the Boston Area (Northeastern University) in May 2023.

The Open6G OTIC provides testing services for Open RAN products, including compliance, interoperability, performance, and functional testing against multiple state-of-the-art environments – from real 5G RANs to emulated networks in Colosseum and RAN/RIC emulators.

OTIC Testing Equipment

  • 128 NI USRP X310 in the Colosseum environment, each paired with a dedicated Dell PowerEdge blade that is user-accessible and can run any kind of software-defined wireless workload;
  • Multiple racks of networking switches, FPGAs, and GPUs to run the Colosseum massive channel emulator (MCHEM), large-scale AI/ML training, O-RAN services (e.g., near-real-time and non-real-time RICs);
  • An Airspan CU/DU/RU set, with two band N48 RUs that provide private 5G capabilities in the lab;
  • An indoor software-defined testbed with 24 software-defined radios and 64 ceiling-mounted antennas (Arena) and a programmable 5G testbed with a mix of commercial RUs and open-source DUs/CUs accelerated on GPU (NVIDIA Aerial + OpenAirInterface);
  • An over-the-air test bench for software-defined radios, with two AMD towers and multiple radios;
  • An UAV outdoor cage, which enables safe experimentation with connected flying vehicles and related use cases. The outdoor space is connected to an indoor anechoic chamber, as discussed next;
  • A 60x60x30ft RF anechoic chamber, which also features a 4×4 grid of USRPs X310 radios connected to the ceiling and a state-of-the-art Optitrack system that tracks the movement of any mobile node indoor in cm-level accuracy in three dimensions with cameras;
  • Testing equipment from VIAVI under consideration for purchase, including a RIC tester and a TM 500 UE Emulation platform.


Key components of the OTIC include:


OTIC Facilities

OTIC Facilities

The OTIC is hosted in the Northeastern WIoT Open6G facilities, which includes an open space with 4600  square feet of collaboration and experimental space, a conference room, a dedicated office, a storage room, and a data center room with dedicated cooling, power supply, and networking infrastructure. In addition to this indoor space, we provide access to an outdoor UAV flying cage and an indoor anechoic chamber in the same campus.


  • System-level testing and interoperability for end-to-end Open RAN system with physical and remote access

  • Integration of commercial hardware and software on top of state-of-the-art experimental facilities for emulation testing

  • Security, privacy, ease of deployment, and realistic, complex testing environments.

  • Over-the-air and emulated wireless environments testing.

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