Jose Antonio Gomez, Vodafone

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DCSG: RFI Results Announced and New Partners Onboard!

February 26, 2019

In October 2018 during the TIP Summit in London, we announced the release of the Disaggregated Cell Site Gateway (DCSG) technical specification, spearheaded by four global mobile operators and that three of them – Vodafone, Telefonica, and TIM Brasil – issued an RFI, inviting hardware and software suppliers to provide detailed information on their engineering assets, capabilities, and intention to adopt and build solutions conforming to the DCSG specification.

Since then, each of the three issuing operators have been conducting an independent and thorough technical evaluation of all RFI responses based on several criteria: solution architecture, functionality, scalability, availability, and solution roadmap.

Today, we are pleased to share that our operator partners have announced the hardware and software supplier finalists who have been selected for their technical merits. Read the announcement from TIM Brasil and this announcement from Vodafone.

Now that the technical evaluation is complete, operators are ready to move onto lab and field trials. Operators have announced they will proceed to the next level of collaboration with supplier partners to perform those trials to further determine the deployment, operation, and management feasibilities with the goal of securing a deployment-ready solution. The progress we’ve seen so far speaks to the efficiency and productivity of the collaboration efforts within the TIP Open Optical & Packet Transport (OOPT) project group.

Furthermore, since the RFI was released, many suppliers have expressed interest in joining the project and we are thrilled to report that Infinera with its Converged NOS (CNOS) and IP Infusion with its OcNOS™ have formally announced their commitment to build cell site gateway solutions based on TIP’s DCSG technical specification and open architecture principles. Both IP Infusion and Infinera bring industry expertise and experience in building sophisticated networking solutions with proven track records of successful partnerships.

In addition, Vodafone Group, together with our technology partners, will host a joint demo during MWC in Vodafone’s booth. The demo will showcase a diverse range of disaggregated cell site gateway solution stacks running software from ADVA and IP Infusion on top of a common Odyssey-DCSG hardware platform from Edgecore Networks, and operating in both IP and MPLS-based deployment models. Infinera will also be displaying its own Odyssey-DCSG stack in its booth. All of these solution stacks are optimized for cell site deployments in terms of environmental aspects with unique commissioning and operational capabilities for field engineering.

We encourage you to visit the booths of Vodafone, Infinera, ADVA and Edgecore at MWC Barcelona to take a look at the Odyssey-DCSG solutions that will play a key role in the next generation of mobile networks.