Telecom Infra Project (TIP)

Telecom Infra Project (TIP)


Partnerships & Alliances

T-Mobile US takes TIP baton from Sprint

NatCo takes over former Sprint duties at Telecom Infra Project. Commits to lead its first TIP programme.


Network & Infrastructure

OOPT telcos select vendors for Phoenix prototypes

Vendors selected to develop TIP’s open, disaggregated optical transponder. Operators again urge faster development.


Network & Infrastructure

Vodafone makes candid open RAN admissions

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

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 ...


Partnerships & Alliances

TMUS doubles down on 5G innovation

NatCo sets up 5G Open Innovation Lab with Intel, NASA. Sprint Accelerator programme relaunched.


Suppliers & SCM

Vodafone backs lobbyist drive for Huawei alternatives

New group effectively the political wing of operator‑led efforts to develop an open RAN ecosystem, with major integrated network vendors conspicuously absent.


Suppliers & SCM

Telefónica lays down gauntlet to cloud-native suppliers

Lopez challenges Kubernetes to prove itself in telco environment. Hybrid VM and cloud-native model the likely norm for operators already invested in NFV.


Network & Infrastructure

Deutsche Telekom to issue more RFIs for TIP transport scheme

Group rounding up new posse of open transport suppliers under the TIP flag.


Partnerships & Alliances

BT keen on open relationship with TIP

Group slips into support role in new core network disaggregation initiative.


Network & Infrastructure

Telefónica to issue more RFIs for TIP transport scheme

Group rounding up new posse of open transport suppliers under the TIP flag. TIP spreading disaggregation wings to core network solutions.


Network & Infrastructure

Vodafone to issue more RFIs for TIP transport scheme

Vodafone rounding up new posse of open transport suppliers under the TIP flag.


Network & Infrastructure

Deutsche Telekom joins industry frontline on open RAN push

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.


Network & Infrastructure

Telefónica to trial 5G open RAN

New vendor pack picked for fresh, Europe-based 4G/5G testing round. Open RAN to meld with UNICA as network cloud/virtualisation efforts spread out. O‑RAN Alliance enters picture. No word on timing for open RAN go‑to-market.


Suppliers & SCM

Telefónica UK taps Mavenir again, this time for vIMS

Mavenir solution to slot into operator’s UNICA data centre infrastructure. Timelines hazy for commercial launch.


Suppliers & SCM

Telefónicawatch 5G Momentum Index, March 2020

Telefónicawatch’s 5G Momentum Index (5GMI) for the year to March 2020 reflects Telefónica strategic decision to be best not first at 5G globally, with a shuffled pack of suppliers showing that work is well underway.


Partnerships & Alliances

Vodafone on OpenRAN trail but tricky terrain ahead

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 5G Momentum Index, March 2020

Suppliers & SCM

Ericsson leads, Huawei stumbles, TIP surges: Vodafone 5G Momentum Index, March 2020

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.

BTwatch 5G Momentum Index - February 2020

Suppliers & SCM

BTwatch 5G Momentum Index to February 2020

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. ...


Suppliers & SCM

Vodafone’s Read perturbed as UK rations Huawei usage

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 ...



Tenorio takes TIP topspot: Vodafone Group people movements, February 2020

Reshuffles at Vodafone Business.  Boddy moves into Group Strategy Director position. Tenorio take TIP topspot.


Public Affairs

O2 dodges bullet as Huawei capped

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 ...


Network & Infrastructure

O2 UK joins open RAN party

UK operating business following the party line with increased enthusiasm for greater flexibility in the access network. Mavenir a key early partner, with DenseAir and WaveMobile also flagged.


Network & Infrastructure

Telefónica urges a “new approach” to networks

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.


Partnerships & Alliances

TIP state of play: TEAC Waves pick up after extended slow down

Community Labs; PlugFest; and a TEAC down. Rundown of ALL previous TEAC winners.


Innovation (R&D)

TEAC UK Wave 3: BT focuses on 5G private networks and edge compute

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 ...



ADVA: Taking on the heavyweights in an evolving market

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 ...


Partnerships & Alliances

2019 TIP highlights and 2020 expectations

TIP Project Groups include partnerships between Vodafone, Telefónica, Orange, Deutsche Telekom, and BT. Suppliers and vendors join projects, with ADVA, Infinera, and Mavenir among the headlines.


Partnerships & Alliances

BT hosts the TIP

BT hosts TEAC UK competition, a TIP-backed accellerator. Past, present, and future of TIP outlined.


Venturing & Investments

TEAC UK Wave 3: six shortlisted start ups in the running

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.


Suppliers & SCM

Santiago Tenorio calls for network suppliers to “stop verticalisation”

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.

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Suppliers & SCM

Telefónica Argentina deploys Mavenir firewall

Mavenir continues to build up its Telefónica relationship with a deal to protect signalling infrastructure in Argentina.

Telefónica boosts open RAN cred with Altiostar investment

Network & Infrastructure

Telefónica boosts open RAN cred with Altiostar investment

Telefónica putting money where mouth is on commitment to fostering an open, multi‑vendor environment. TIP‑based collaboration translates to commercial opportunities for Altiostar.

O2 Germany picks Infinera for 5G open transport

Suppliers & SCM

O2 Germany picks Infinera for 5G open transport

Infinera, a long‑term Telefónica partner, picked up a new contract to upgrade Telefónica’s mobile transport network in Germany.

NTT and Telefónica herald TIP disaggregation progress

Innovation (R&D)

NTT and Telefónica herald TIP disaggregation progress

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).


Venturing & Investments

BT, TIP and Facebook launch third annual startup competition

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.

Vodafone throws down OpenRAN gauntlet

Network & Infrastructure

Vodafone throws down OpenRAN gauntlet

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.

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Venturing & Investments

BT embraces TIP as faithful gather in London

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.

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Venturing & Investments

TEAC UK class of 2018: BT focuses on rural and intent

BT holds TEAC UK Wave 2 FInal as part of TIP. Two start-ups win, with another awarded Special Prize.

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Venturing & Investments

Deutsche Telekom welcomes growing TIP ‘maturity’

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.

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Venturing & Investments

Telefónica helps reel in vendors for TIP projects

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.

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Venturing & Investments

Deutsche Telekom joins TEAC club to disrupt network suppliers

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.

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Venturing & Investments

Welcome interlopers: BT’s TEAC launch event

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.