by Dr. Alex Jinsung Choi, CTO of SK Telecom, TIP Chairman

An Update from TIP at BCE

As the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) community gathers for Light Reading’s Big Communication Event (BCE) in Austin, Texas this week, I am pleased to welcome new leaders to our team and highlight several new TIP initiatives and program updates.

Welcome Leland and Laurent

First, I would like to welcome Leland Lai as our new Executive Director. Leland joins us from the GSMA, where he led Mobile World Congress Shanghai. Leland brings both operator and vendor perspectives to TIP, with previous experience at Hutchison Telecom, 3Com Corporation, Cortelco Puerto Rico, and Terayon (acquired by Motorola).

We are also pleased to welcome Laurent E. Le Gourriérec, VP Strategic Partnerships at Nokia, to the TIP Board of Directors. In his role at Nokia, Laurent manages and grows strategic alliances with industry partners. He previously oversaw technology scouting and business assessments for Bell Labs and led various investments in startups and venture capital funds.

TIP panelists at BCE

We are proud to share that we have had a number of TIP board members and project group chairs presenting at BCE, including, Axel Clauberg, DT (link) Caroline Chan, Intel (link) and Hans-Juergen Schmidtke, Facebook (link).

Open Optical Packet Transport (OOPT) update: Voyager trials and tracks

The OOPT project group has formed four working groups, with two co-leaders each, to collaborate on the key technologies needed for an end-to-end solution. These new working groups are:

  • Optical Line System (OLS)
  • Disaggregated Transponder & Chip (DTC)
  • Common API (C-API), Network Management System and System Integration and Solution Development
  • Physical Layer Simulation Environment (PSE)

We also founded the Operator Council (OC) to provide applications and use cases, in addition to approving submissions to the groups from project group members.

In addition to these new groups, we’re excited to announce that Voyager has been fully submitted to TIP as the industry’s first white box switch, router and transport solution. Voyager field trials with Equinix, Telia and MTN have been successful with very good results. Using Voyager as open optical packet router in Equinix infrastructure, Equinix anticipates significant reduction in capital expenses compared to traditional vendor solutions. Ihab Tarazi, Equinix CTO notes, “furthermore, we believe that the new innovation based on open-source approach will be critical in building Equinix’s next-generation interconnection. “

Telia also recently announced a successful Long Haul DWDM trial in Europe over 1,089 km between Stockholm and Hamburg. The highlights include a marked reduction of overhead and time to deployment as a result of simple configuration and quick installation.

Lastly, the Orange Voyager trial which was pre announced at MWC is currently underway. We will have additional details to share as we move through the trial.

TEAC Orange and SKT

We are also pleased to highlight our third TIP Ecosystem Acceleration Center (TEAC), announced in partnership with Orange in April of this year. Orange will launch a new Orange Fab France “Telecom Track” accelerator specifically designed to support startups focused on network infrastructure development. Selected startups will be mentored through Orange with access to its global network of resources, and support from TIP Ecosystem Accelerator Centres (TEAC). You can read more about it here.

Open vRAN Fronthaul with BT and Vodafone

Within the Solutions Integration project group, we have made great strides in unbundling the 4G stack. Today we are pleased to announce the formation of another separate project group in the same spirit. That group is called: Open Interfaces for Virtualized RAN with non-ideal Fronthaul, or Open vRAN Fronthaul for short. It will tackle the problem of both fronthaul in non-ideal circumstances as well as Virtualized RAN management. The group will be co-chaired by BT and Vodafone. Additional participants include: SKT, TIM, Orange, CableLabs, Reliance Jio and Airtel.

OpenCellular workshop

We’d also like to take this opportunity to invite everyone to join us for the first OpenCellular workshop in Africa, where technology and business leaders will share their insights radio design, site planning, business models and many other topics. The workshop will be held at iHub, Nairobi, Kenya on June 19-20, 2017. You can find more details here.

We’re excited to see many members of our community gathered in Austin this week. If you’re not currently a member of TIP and would like to join our growing community or need more information, please contact us here.