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Q. What is the Telecom Infra Project?
Q. Why is the Telecom Infra Project necessary?
As the digital economy grows – driven by the multitude of consumer and commercial benefits provided by the internet, demand for greater connectivity continues to rise. However, a lack of flexibility in the current solutions, exacerbated by a limited choice in technology providers, makes it challenging for operators to efficiently build and upgrade networks.
TIP seeks to turn this around. With the entire industry working together, it’s accelerating the development and deployment of open, disaggregated, and standards-based solutions. The goal is to create a more diverse technology supply chain that delivers high quality connectivity that the world needs – now and in the decades to come.
Q. How was TIP founded?
Q. How does TIP function?
TIP is committed to listening to our service provider members and other ecosystem members to:
- understand their needs
- identify gaps the industry isn’t addressing and that match the TIP mission
The community proposes or defines specific use cases. It recommends the formation of project groups where members collaborate on solutions. In support of them, TIP’s technical committee plays an important role in identifying a forward path and removing barriers, thus ensuring a clear path to success.
Specifically, TIP is composed of several interlocking elements and works as follows:
- It spans all areas of the telecom network: access, transport, and core and services. Project groups focus on specific technology verticals. They work to identify key problems, propose solutions, and build the technology that addresses identified problems.
- Solutions developed by project groups are tested and validated in lab environments through:
- TIP Community Labs – Physical spaces facilitate collaboration between project group members to build and test solutions
- PlugFests – Solutions are 1) tested in an end-to-end environment composed of multiple interoperable network elements, and 2) verified for technical readiness.
- Facilitated by members across many continents and for many use cases (be they ultra rural or dense urban), solutions are then tested in real-world scenarios:
- Field Trials – controlled, small-scale environments
- Market Trials – larger, commercial environments
- As mature technology becomes generally available and is ready to be deployed, it gets listed on the TIP Exchange. And it’s awarded badges signifying the levels of validation performed by the TIP community.
- Constant feedback between project groups and members who are producing each technology stack piece leads to faster development cycles that address specific needs of operators.
Q. What are Birds-of-a-Feather (BoF)?
Q. Who can use TIP Community Labs?
Q. What is a TIP PlugFest?
Q. What is TIP Exchange?
TIP members can have solutions listed by demonstrating adherence to TIP specifications and requirements documents—in addition to interoperability requirements demonstrated in PlugFests, Community Labs trials, and field trials. Badges signify the achieved validation level of each listed solution.
Products are not sold directly on the Exchange. Rather, it lists product details as well as contact information for each solution provider.
Q: How do I become a TIP member?
Q. What is required for TIP membership?
Organizations wishing to join TIP will be asked to set up a membership account and sign the TIP General Participation Agreement.
As part of account setup, organizations should be prepared to assign people to fill two key account roles: Account Administrator and an Authorized Representative. These roles are responsible for ensuring smooth and successful participation in TIP for their organiations. One person may hold both account roles.
To participate in a project group, organizations must also sign the project group’s Charter. Once a Charter is signed, persons may join and participate in the corresponding project group.
By default, the person who first sets up the organization’s membership account becomes the Account Administrator. If desired, the role may be reassigned to another person after the initial account setup. The Account Administrator is responsible for many important tasks, including managing employee participation, managing their organization’s participation in project groups, and assigning persons to fill other account roles.
The Authorized Representative role is assigned to a person by the Account Adminstrator. The Authorized Representative is responsible for signing agreements on behalf of their organization, including the General Participation Agreement and project group Charters. Signatures are required on these agreements in order for an organization to participate in TIP and in project groups. Without the signed agreements, the organization and its employees cannot participate in TIP or in project groups.
Q. The organization I work for is already a TIP member. How do I participate?
if your organization is a TIP member by visiting our Members page. If the name of your organization does not appear in the list, it is not a TIP member.
To request admission to your organization’s membership account, go to https://member.telecominfraproject.com/get-started. You will be asked to enter and verify your work email address, enter profile information, and select your organization from a drop-down list.
Once you have completed the above steps, your organization’s Account Administrator will review and respond to your request to join the organization’s membership account
Q. How do I join a project group?
To join a Project Group as an employee of the organization, log in to your TIP membership account, go to the “My project groups” tab, then select the one you wish to join. If a project group is marked as restricted or unavailable to join, you will have the option to request access from your organization’s Account Administrator.
Q. How do I invite fellow organization staff members to participate in TIP?
Q. How do I activate a TIP project group for participation?
- First, your organization must be a TIP member.
- Second, your organization’s Authorized Representative must sign the Charter a for each project group of interest. The Account Administrator is responsible for selecting the project groups the organization will participate in, and for sending the Charter agreements to the Authorized Representative for signature.
To do this as the Account Administrator, log in to your TIP membership account and navigate to the “Manage project groups” tab. Next, click the “Select” button next to the project group. A dialog box appears allowing you to send the Charter agreement to the Authorized Representative for signature via DocuSign. Signing the Charter permits persons to participate in a project group. Without it, persons may not participate in a project group.
Once a project group is activated for participation, an automatic notification is sent to all members in your organization’s account, announcing the availability of the project group and inviting them to join.
- Third, persons wishing to participate must join the project group(s) of interest to them. This can be accomplished in two ways: The employee may join via the “My project groups” tab in their membership account, or the Account Adminstrator may proactively invite people to join specific project groups.
Account Administrators may receive requests from fellow employees to activate a project group for participation. These requests appear as notifications on the adminstrator’s dashboard. The Account Administrator may choose whether to take action on the requests.
Q. How do I activate a TIP subgroup for partipation?
In most cases, to enable participation in a subgroup the Account Administrator simply needs to activate the relevant parent project group. This action automatically activates any related subgroups for participation.
Account Administrators may receive requests from fellow employees to activate a subgroup for participation. These requests appear as notifications on the adminstrator’s dashboard. The Account Administrator may choose whether to take action on the requests.
Q. How do I activate a "restricted" subgroup for participation?
In addition, certain restricted subgroups require the Account Administrator to proactively invite and/or approve participants.
Account Administrators may receive requests from fellow employees to activate a restricted subgroup for participation. These requests appear as notifications on the adminstrator’s dashboard. The Account Administrator may choose whether to take action on the requests..
Q. How do I end my organization's participation in a TIP project group or restricted subgroup?
Leaving a project group or subgroup will remove your organization and all active members in your organization from further participation in project group activities. This will revoke all access to project group resources, however the Participant’s agreement to grant licenses per section 8.1 of the TIP IPR Policy remains. See the IPR Policy on TIP’s Organizational Documents page.
Q. What are the requirements and responsibilities of an account administrator?
Q. What are the requirements and responsibilities of a primary contact?
Q. What are the requirements and responsibilities of an authorized representative?
Q. How do I approve or deny requests from persons to join my organization's TIP membership account?
NOTE: Once a member is set to “Declined” their status cannot be changed by an Account Administrator. Contact TIP support for assistance.
Q. I have project group participation requests on my account dashboard or in my inbox. What do they mean, and what should I do about them?
Q. How do I end my organization's participation in TIP?
You may send the notice to TIP Support: email@example.com.
Q. How do I transfer the role of Account Administrator to a colleague?
As Account Administrator, log in to your TIP membership account and go to the “Organization profile” tab, then to the “Account roles” option. Here you may assign another person to be the Account Adminstrator by selecting them from a drop-down list.
That person must be an approved member of the organization’s TIP memberhip account in order to take over Account Administrator responsibilities. If the person you wish to assign isn’t already a member, you must invite them to the account, and they must accept the invitation before you can proceed.
Q. How do I transfer the role of Primary Contact to a colleague?
As Account Administrator, log in to your TIP membership account and go to the “Organization profile” tab, then to the “Account roles” option. Here you may assign another person to the primary contact role by selecting them from a drop-down list.
That person must be an approved member of the organization’s TIP memberhip account in order to take over Primary Contact responsibilities. If the person you wish to assign isn’t already a member, you must invite them to the account, and they must accept the invitation before you can proceed.
Q. How do I transfer the role of Authorized Representative to a colleague?
As Account Administrator, log in to your TIP membership account and go to the “Organization profile” tab, then to the “Authorized Representative” option. Click the “+Add More” button. There you will have the option to select either a current account member by using the drop-down menu, or an outside party using the “Enter Email and Name” button.
In the case of the Authorized Representative role, the person you wish to assign does not need to be an approved member of the organization’s TIP membership account in order to take over the Authorized Representative responsibilities.
Q. How do I reset my membership account password?
If you are not logged in, go to this link: https://member.telecominfraproject.com/forgot-password.
Q. How do I update my profile information?
Project Group Participation
Q. How do I participate in a TIP project group or subgroup?
Q. How do I end my participation in a TIP project group or subgroup?
Q. Who is my organization's Account Administrator?
If you’re not yet an approved member, email TIP Support at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Q. How can my organization have its technology or solutions listed on TIP Exchange?
- First, your organization must be a TIP member.
- Second, your technology or solution must have received a TIP Badge by fulfilling one or more of the Badge requirements.
For more information, please go to the Exchange website and click the “Contact Us” button to contact an Exchange team representative.