by TIP News

Greetings TIP OOPT Community!

In our relentless pursuit of innovation within the telecom industry, we are thrilled to announce a groundbreaking initiative within the Telecom Infra Project Open Optical and Packet Transport (OOPT) community – the Request for Information (RFI) process for Disaggregated Distributed Backbone Routers (DDBR). This marks a revolutionary leap forward in evaluating open and disaggregated technologies for the crucial Provider Edge (PE) role in modern IP transport networks.


Key Objectives of the RFI Process:

  • Innovation Evaluation: The Detail Technical Requirements document, crafted by top-tier telecom operators including Vodafone, KDDI, BT, Orange, Telefónica, Bell Canada, Telia and MTN, sets the stage for innovation. This ensures that the RFI process aligns with the real-world needs and expectations of telecom leaders.
  • Interoperability and Compatibility: Responses will be evaluated against industry-validated interoperability and compatibility standards, ensuring seamless integration with diverse network environments.
  • Scalability and Flexibility: Rigorous scrutiny will be applied to assess the scalability and flexibility of DDBR technologies, meeting the dynamic demands of modern telecommunications.


Evaluation and Recognition:

  • Each vendor’s response will be evaluated against a threshold-based criteria, gauging the completeness of the solution against the comprehensive set of requirements outlined in the Detail Technical Requirements document.
  • Hardware and software products that surpass the threshold criteria will be honored with the prestigious TIP Requirements Compliance Bronze Badge.


TIP Requirements Compliance Bronze Badge:

  • This badge signifies that a product has not only met but exceeded the innovation standards set by the Disaggregated Open Routers subgroup.
  • It represents a high level of interoperability and compatibility, meeting the stringent requirements set forth by top-tier telecom operators.
  • The badge is a testament to a product’s scalability and readiness for deployment in real-world scenarios, paving the way for successful field trials and eventual commercial procurement.


How Vendors Can Participate:

Interested OOPT community members are urged to delve into the just released Detail Technical Requirements document (dTRD), a collaborative effort shaped by the insights and expertise of the Disaggregated Open Routers subgroup. This comprehensive document outlines the specific expectations and criteria against which responses will be evaluated.



  • RFI Release Date: December 20th, 2023
  • Submission Deadline: February 2nd, 2024
  • Evaluation Period: February-March
  • Announcement of TIP Bronze Badge awarded Vendors: End of March


Next Steps:

  • Community Engagement: We encourage all members of the TIP OOPT community to actively participate in the evaluation process. Your insights and feedback will play a crucial role in shaping the future of disaggregated technologies.
  • Stay Informed: Regular updates and announcements regarding the RFI process will be shared on our community forums and communication channels. Stay tuned for the latest developments!

In embracing the RFI process for Disaggregated Distributed Backbone Routers, we embark on a journey towards a more agile, efficient, and innovative future. Together, let’s redefine the possibilities of modern IP transport networks.

Thank you for being part of this transformative endeavor!