25-28 February 2019

Telecom Infra Project (TIP) returned to Barcelona as the mobile community gathered for Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019. We highlighted our progress toward faster, more affordable, and more resilient networks, and — in a signifiant step showcasing the range and maturity of our technologies — we unveiled our first end-to-end network demonstration. We also hosted a series of face-to-face Project Group gatherings, including the launch of two new groups — OpenRAN 5G NR & WiFi. Finally, TIP supported technologies featured across TIP member booths, and TIP Ecosystem Acceleration Center (TEAC) companies exhibited at the startup-focused 4YFN conference.

End-to-End Network Demo

TIP’s first end-to-end network demonstration debuted at MWC highlighting the interoperability of TIP technologies – OpenRAN, vRAN Fronthaul, Edge Computing and Applications, DCSG, Cassini, CrowdCell, and OpenCellular – with new solutions from technology providers across Access, Backhaul, and Core & Management.

Project Group Sessions

Global gatherings like MWC are always a great opportunity for our community to come together and deepen the connections established through our collaborative initiatives. This year in Barcelona was no different as we hosted several sessions where TIP Project Groups shared updates, highlighted new partners, and announced their strategic vision for the coming year.

In our New Project Group Kickoff Meeting we unveiled TIP’s newest project group, OpenRAN 5G NR.
Watch the inaugural TIP WiFi panel session where we discussed the most pressing challenges facing the WiFi ecosystem to date and the path forward.

Channel Sounder II Demo

In Barcelona, TIP’s mmWave Project Group gave a live demonstration of the Terragraph-based 60 GHz channel measurement equipment distributed to select Universities, Institutes, and firms in the mmWave Project Group for analyzing street level performance. The demo showcased the real-time sounding capabilities and characterization of transmission and reflection effects.

Disaggregated Cell Site Gateways (DCSG) Developments

DCSG demos displayed in the booths of Vodafone, ADVA, Edgecore, and Infinera, highlighting the growing ecosystem of operators and technology providers adopting and building TIP technologies. In addition — in a session with TIP members — Vodafone, Telefonica, and TIM Brasil announced the results of their request for information (RFI).

mmWave Fireside Chat

Deutsche Telekom’s Andreas Gladisch and Facebook Connectivity Vice President Dan Rabinovitsj came together at the Deutsche Telekom booth at MWC to discuss the advantages of TIP’s new, open approach – directly citing the successful results of fixed wireless access virtual fiber field trials in Hungary using unlicensed mmWave spectrum.

Startups Shine at 4YFN

This year, TEAC startups from around the world exhibited at MWC’s startup-focused 4YFN to showcase their technology and show how TEACs play an important role in bringing deployable infrastructure solutions to the telecom industry.

For more details on TIP announcements and activities visit our MWC 2019 blog post