Project groups

TIP currently has 3 categories of project groups: Product project groups, Solution project groups, and Software project groups. Learn more about project groups below.

Product project groups

Our Product project groups (aka Product Groups) are divided into three strategic networks areas that collectively make up an end-to-end network: Access, Transport, and Core and Services. By dividing a network into these areas, we can best identify areas in need of innovation and work to build the right products. Product project groups are product oriented and focus on the development of requirements documents, MVP’s, White Papers, and Lab and Field Trial results.

Access project groups

The Access project groups are working to identify and create innovative infrastructure solutions, technologies, and methodologies to make it easier to connect people to the internet. Access is focused on removing some of the blockers that can make the connection to the end user difficult.

All Radio Access Network (RAN) Initiatives

Fixed Broadband


Transport projects

To keep the pace of exponential growth in network traffic, better backhaul is essential. Our transport project groups are addressing the scalability, fast convergence, ease of configuration, and extensibility challenges in wireless and wired backhaul.

Non-Terrestrial Connectivity Solutions

Open Optical & Packet Transport

Wireless Backhaul

Core & services projects

The most significant costs associated with a network are the ongoing costs of operations and maintenance. The core and services project groups are simplifying the core network architecture and improving efficiency and flexibility while reducing ongoing costs associated with keeping a network up and running.

End to End Network Slicing (E2E-NS)

Open Core Network

Solution project groups


Our Solution project groups (aka Solution Groups) aim to codify open, disaggregated, interoperable network elements, including TIP-incubated technology across all network layers, into a broad range of end-to-end solutions for specific deployment cases that can be used by operators and other connectivity stakeholders.

Connected City Infrastructure

Network as a Service (NaaS)

Open Automation

5G Private Networks


Software project groups


Our Software project groups (aka Software Groups) aim to develop open source software that supports open, disaggregated, interoperable network elements, including support for both TIP-incubated technology across all network layers and open and disaggregated technology to support connectivity. Our Software groups are open to a broad community and will liaise with TIP Project groups and TIP Lab activities. TIP’s Software groups facilitate collaboration, innovation, and agility. Software groups may also develop their own badging criteria for TIP community members to post products on TIP Exchange.


Open AFC

Open Converged Wireless

Birds of a feather sessions


Usually held at a TIP event, Birds of a Feather (BoF) sessions are used to identify areas where innovative solutions are most needed and gauge interest forming a new project groups. BoF sessions are an opportunity for the member community to voice their opinions about potential gaps in TIP’s technology roadmap.

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming events at this time.

If you are interested in exploring a topic and hosting a BoF
session, please email


Past sessions
Under exploration
mmWave Backhaul
Explore technology, product, and regulatory aspects surrounding the use of mmWave radios to meet the growing need for mobile backhaul

Network Management
Discuss key problems of disaggregated whitebox network management, identify actionable ways that TIP could accelerate solutions for NMS in the disaggregated era.

Explore interest within TIP to address the needs of mobile operators and internet service providers for securing cloud-native and disaggregated product solutions

Approved project groups
MNOs, ISPs, and other ecosystem stakeholders will share their experiences and challenges around incumbent packet core solutions and drive interest around building an open packet core network solution

Network as a Service
Explore how an open, wholesale network helps solve the lack of investment in rural broadband by allowing MNOs to extend coverage using shared infrastructure

Graduated project groups


TIP Project Groups are fast-moving incubators of ideas and technology. When they naturally reach the end of their original charters, the Project Groups conclude but their contribution to the TIP community remains.


Here are TIP’s graduated Project Groups:

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning


Edge Application Developer

Edge Computing

mmWave Networks

Open Cellular

People and Process

Power and Connectivity

Solutions Integration

System Integration & Site Optimization

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