Telecom Infra Project (TIP)
Vodafone builds open RAN influence with O‑RAN Alliance oversight spot. Takkar handed another three years to lead Vodafone’s troubled Indian JV Vi. Safaricom Board rejigged following exec changes at Kenyan operator and parent Vodacom.
Group backs OpenBNG, a new transport initiative from OOPT project group, champions new O‑RAN/TIP lab in Berlin, and involved in technical RFI for OpenSoftHaul solution. DT is absent, however, from new Solution Groups, focused on “end‑to‑end” virtualised networks.
Long-time Telefónica partner selected for a commercial deployment of disaggregated gateways.
NEC boosts its position as a Vodafone open RAN frontrunner, while Altiostar muscles in.
OpenRAN playbook provides insight into deployment challenges. Local skills and resources are critical for successful rollouts. Acceptable performance achieved for rural environments. More work needed on management, operations, security, and deployment models. Vodafone brings open RAN trials to the Netherlands. NEC boosts its position as a Vodafone open RAN ...
Leads way in sourcing ‘open’ radio hardware suppliers. Targets DU/CU disaggregation and white‑box base stations. Involved in raft of new TIP initiatives, including Solution Groups, OpenBNG, and MUST. Tenorio insists commercial deployments to date are “tip of the iceberg”.
Group closely involved in new OOPT transport initiatives, including OpenBNG and MUST. Telefónica champions Solution Groups, which aligns with Blanco’s focus on “end-to-end” virtualised architectures. Vodafone leads way, however, in sourcing ‘open’ radio hardware suppliers.
Crane flags importance of broadband customer experience in OpenBNG work. Latest round of TIP updates suggests BT remains focused on core and access networks, while European peers DT, Telefónica, and Vodafone more openly embrace end‑to‑end development.
Choi talks of “new level of collaboration”, as joint O‑RAN/TIP lab becomes available for open RAN testing at DT’s facilities in Berlin. Hails recent European O‑RAN/TIP plugfest a success. Berlin lab available for open BNG testing, “as soon as systems are available”.
Vodacom South Africa tests used Edgecore‑based DCSG product running Infinera software. Vodafone’s Rossi highlights move to create a “diverse supply chain”.
Former Vodafone investment specialists linking up with T‑Mobile’s 5G innovation lab for twelve‑week springboard programme. 5G OI Lab also giving a leg‑up to FreedomFi, an enterprise networks specialist already making a name for itself through Facebook’s Telecom Infra Project.
Venture has target of reaching 13,000 rural communities in Peru by end of 2020. Telefónica now has sights set on deploying thousands of open RAN nodes in “core markets”.
Kenyan operator to expand Vodafone’s Africa test-ground for open solutions. Project gearing is more towards core and backhaul than RAN. Scale and efficiency gains highlighted.
Five tech startups selected for twelve-month programme. Familiar R&D themes of edge computing and ‘open’ networks. TIP’s TEAC boss sees room for improvement in how smaller, new players might be onboarded into telecoms supplier ecosystems.
Tenorio says industry “not scratched the surface” on systems integration. Achieving lower TCO, compared with large-scale traditional vendors, an enormous task. O-RAN Alliance doing “great job”, but smaller vendors disadvantaged. Ambition of sub-$1000 RRH pushed back until 2021. Tech still not ready for prime time in urban ...
Deutsche Telekomwatch roundup — June 2020 Source: Deutsche Telekomwatch #94 Group Partnerships MobiledgeX, Deutsche Telekom’s edge computing platform spin‑out, unveiled what it called a “demand‑side” initiative, branded Seamster. The aim, said MobiledgeX, was to capture and model enterprise use‑cases surrounding 5G and edge computing, and accelerate ...
New group effectively the political wing of operator‑led efforts to develop an open RAN ecosystem, with major integrated network vendors conspicuously absent.
Lopez challenges Kubernetes to prove itself in telco environment. Hybrid VM and cloud-native model the likely norm for operators already invested in NFV.
Group rounding up new posse of open transport suppliers under the TIP flag.
Group rounding up new posse of open transport suppliers under the TIP flag. TIP spreading disaggregation wings to core network solutions.
Vodafone rounding up new posse of open transport suppliers under the TIP flag.
Alliance between DT-backed O-RAN and TIP propels Group into vanguard of disrupting RAN supply chains. DT backs TIP-led Evenstar programme to lower RRH costs. Operator partners with Intel and VMware to develop open vRAN platform.
Mavenir solution to slot into operator’s UNICA data centre infrastructure. Timelines hazy for commercial launch.
Tenorio reaches TIP summit, appointed Chairman. Vodafone joins O‑RAN Alliance. Stubborn open RAN resistance from large suppliers. Low-volume barrier for hardware newcomers. 5G OpenRAN critical to achieve scale.
Vodafone’s 5G ecosystem sees drastic changes, Ericsson holds its lead. Nokia slips into dogfight with Huawei, TIP and Samsung. Mavenir heads challenging pack with ZTE on its heels, pursued by Qualcomm, Parallel Wireless, Altiostar, and several others.
BT and EE’s 5G supplier ecosystem measured for February 2020. Nokia maintains lead, but yet to capitalise on Huawei’s wipeout. Ericsson may be surprised to find itself fending-off the Telecom Infra Project and OpenRAN to maintain contention. Peloton of vendors include ADVA, Mavenir, and Ciena, with Qualcomm holding firm. ...
“Smart RAN” momentum building.
Industry looks set to be given three years to firewall Huawei, with potential 35% cap on High Risk Vendors. Security officials position the decision as largely a clarification and formalisation of current restrictions, but stringent caps could spark immediate change in industry security and procurement strategies. UK capex should ...
Reshuffles at Vodafone Business. Boddy moves into Group Strategy Director position. Tenorio take TIP topspot.
Industry looks set to be given three years to firewall Huawei, with potential 35% cap on High Risk Vendors. O2’s longstanding links with Ericsson and Nokia mean operating business avoids costly replacement programmes that major rivals must implement. Security officials position the decision as largely a clarification and formalisation ...
Group emphasises partnership opportunities and launches new TIP Innovation Lab in Madrid. Telefónica, Tech Mahindra lead CI/CD push to create open networks for rural areas. Group reiterates commitment to invest and partner around OpenRAN development. A strengthened commitment to rural connectivity with NaaS.
Community Labs; PlugFest; and a TEAC down. Rundown of ALL previous TEAC winners.
BT’s Telecom Infra Project (TIP) Ecosystem Acceleration Centre (TEAC UK) hosted its third wave of finalists and inducted two winners into the fold in January 2020, with the successful pitches joining BT at its Adastral Park innovation hub, as well as securing access to expertise and support from BT and ...
Increasingly bullish vendor aiming to build on core strategic contract wins with BT to change its image and bring the spotlight onto its software and solutions portfolio in a virtualising environment. Major vendors still possess heavyweight advantages, but ADVA leveraging agility and reflexes of a middleweight champion. Importance of ...
BT’s UK TIP centre hosts six start-ups in competition to collaborate on 5G and edge compute. Two winners, Ori Industries and DoubleMe, named. ADVA, Cloud Backend, Condense Reality, and TDCOMM runners-up.
Santiago Tenorio, Head of Network Strategy & Architecture at Vodafone, used the Telecom Infra Project’s (TIP) latest industry gathering to fire another warning at the vendor establishment.
Telefónica putting money where mouth is on commitment to fostering an open, multi‑vendor environment. TIP‑based collaboration translates to commercial opportunities for Altiostar.
Telefónica Group and Japanese peer NTT DoCoMo highlighted the successful conclusion of testing of open transmission and forwarding technologies undertaken as part of the partners research linked to the Telecom Infra Project (TIP).
BT Group, the Telecom Infra Project (TIP), and Facebook launched their third annual competition for startups in telecom infrastructure to join the UK’s TIP Ecosystem Acceleration Centre (TEAC), based at BT Labs in Adastral Park, Suffolk and Tech City in London.
OpenRAN time appears to be coming, with supplier choice constraints evidently dominating Group thinking. Vodafone steps up rhetoric regarding potential of tech; “fast tracking” referenced. Group still in trial mode with technology, however. Firm strategy for bearers and configurations yet to emerge.
Latest evolution of the Internet para Todos programme to see the advent of an open‑source wholesale network. Telefónica and Facebook testing potential next‑generation infrastructure in underserved markets where the stakes for failure are lower.
Europe‑centric TIP moving towards the challenging deployment phase, while tempting new partners onboard. BT CTIO Watson heralds virtues of closer operator ties to push vendors towards greater innovation. vRAN and disaggregation among BT contributions to TIP development.
BT holds TEAC UK Wave 2 FInal as part of TIP. Two start-ups win, with another awarded Special Prize.
DT expands backing for initiative with new trials and funding schemes. Clauberg warns against unnecessary proliferation of open source industry groups, though DT is behind many of them. Closer collaboration between DT-backed ORAN and TIP’s OpenRAN on the cards.
ADVA and Edgecore moving forward with TIP‑driven disaggregated gateways for 5G traffic management. Telefónica co‑opetition with Vodafone in full flow through OpenRAN group, with early partners named, including Parallel Wireless. Operators’ joint CrowdCell work could lead to the next big thing in small cells.
TIP Ecosystem Acceleration Centre established on home turf. Group expands effort to upend traditional infrastructure supply chains. First three startups selected cover beamforming, network virtualisation, and phased-array antenna technology.
Opening of the TEAC shows BT embracing a more dynamic approach to identifying disruptive technology, recognising the convergence of telecoms and IT. Startups in the fields of IoT, open networking, and quantum security selected as winners of the six‑month innovation search.