Telecom Infra Project (TIP)

Telecom Infra Project (TIP)

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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 ...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 ...

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Interviews & Profiles

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 ...

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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.

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Partnerships & Alliances

BT hosts the TIP

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.