In today’s telecom market, operators need to make a sustainable business case for deploying mobile coverage. Building large-scale network infrastructure is often time-consuming and costly, especially in remote or hard to access regions. Other areas can be left without coverage because they lack the requisite traffic and revenue streams to justify the upfront costs of deployment.
It doesn’t have to be that way. To help improve mobile connectivity in places where coverage would otherwise not be feasible, Nokia is excited to team up with Facebook, Intel, Deutsche Telekom, EE, Globe, SK Telecom, and other operators, equipment providers, systems integrators, and technology companies from around the world to accelerate sustainable global growth of high-quality, scalable, and affordable telecom infrastructure.
Through the Telecom Infra Project (TIP), we will collaborate on the development of new technologies and explore new business models that will not only improve people’s lives via better connectivity, but also breathe new life into the telecommunications industry. TIP’s model of transparency and open architecture can lower the threshold of deploying network infrastructure and is an excellent platform to broaden the ecosystem.
Nokia intends to participate in several TIP project groups in order to provide operator-friendly solutions and increased vendor choices. Among our initial planned contributions is an open specification for the operability interface associated with the radio access run time environment, which traditionally has been vendor-specific. Pending successful creation of the required TIP Project Groups, we are exploring the provision of an open base station hardware platform accompanied by a reference design and hardware specification.
These contributions will enable the development of new solutions for untapped markets, allow operators to “mix and match” between vendors within a given end-to-end solution, and spur innovation for faster and simpler cell site or node implementations that can be built and deployed by third parties. This gives operators a simpler business model for offering coverage where traditional deployments aren’t economically feasible.
We expect TIP efforts to result in the dramatic reduction of overhead associated with providing mobile coverage by simplifying network build-outs. It will be possible for operators, enterprises, and other vertical players to build faster and simpler mobile broadband spot coverage in rural, suburban, enterprise, and urban environments compared to using traditional mobile network implementation models.
The scope of the cooperation is not limited to any specific technology, spectrum or cell size, to enable any use cases, bands and cell sizes to be used. The future applications and services require networks to be sliced for different use cases and verticals and requires a wider ecosystem than ever before. The TIP platform is an excellent vehicle to widen the ecosystem.
The openness and collaboration promoted by TIP will help us more rapidly unlock new innovations and provide more connectivity, and more efficiently, than ever before.