Technical Committee

Eran Tal

Eran Tal


Martin Rehwald

Martin Rehwald

Heikki Almay

Heikki Almay


Ike Elliott

Ike Elliott


Renuka Bhalerao

Renuka Bhalerao


Axel Clauberg

Axel Clauberg

Deutsche Telekom AG

Technical Committee Charter

This charter (the “Charter”) sets forth the purpose, composition, responsibilities, duties, power and authority of the Technical Committee (“TC”) of the Telecom Infra Project (“TIP”).


The purpose of the Technical Committee is to assist the Board in fulfilling oversight responsibilities with respect to technical matters. The TC provides guidance to promote technical excellence within the TIP Project Groups, TIP projects, and larger TIP community and provides recommended actions back to the Board.


The TC is tasked with improving the Project Groups’ effectiveness, leveraging synergies across the different TIP Project Groups as well as other industry initiatives in the telecom space, and identifying new areas of focus to best serve the community. The TC ensures that:

  • Project Groups develop technical solutions, demonstrations, specifications, or best practices, or other deliverables that address and solve problems acknowledged by communications infrastructure operators.
  • Project Groups have an adequate mix of industry experts and representatives that encourages effective collaboration to build technical solutions that are aligned with the approved Project Group Charter.
  • Project Group deliverables are made generally available under the terms as set forth in the Project Group Charter. The TC uses the TIP mission and tenets to guide Project Group activities, specifically with respect to the following objectives:
    • The most important aspect of enabling an economically robust infrastructure is ensuring that operators and integrators have flexibility and choice. TIP solutions are expected to expand such opportunities as opposed to constrain them.
    • With increasing bandwidth demands, it is critical to focus on enabling performance leading technology innovations.
    • TIP is committed to preserving opportunities for technology differentiation through innovation. Nonetheless, collaboration is a critical aspect of ensuring innovation is focused in the right areas, avoiding gratuitous differentiation and enabling the community to advance in a fashion supportive for all.
    • Anticipating an extensive growth in the number of devices powering the network, adopting modern data center design and operational practices will provide operators with the necessary tools for managing a flexible network at a large scale.



  • The TC develops, publishes and maintains the criteria used to initiate new Project Group activities within TIP.
  • The TC reviews draft Project Charters and recommends Project Groups that meet the TIP objectives and the TC Group criteria for approval by the TIP Board.


The TC provides technical oversight and recommendations, but will not provide Contributions (as defined in Section 1.3 of the TIP IPR Policy) or Feedback (as defined in Section 1.7 of the TIP IPR Policy) while working with the nominated Project Group Chairs and Co-chairs to best prepare the group to deliver meaningful results. For this purpose, the TC is providing Area Directors (ADs) who support TIP activities in one of the Focus Areas as laid out in the Area Director Role Description document maintained by the Technical Committee.

The Area Directors specifically support Project Group Chairs in their work to ensure that:

  • Project Groups have clear objectives that are aligned with the TIP Mission and goals.
  • Project Groups have clearly defined deliverables that will result in solutions that can be delivered to the Telecom market and ecosystem.


The TC ensures that Project Groups have the resources they need to build, test and deliver solutions defined within the scope of each Project Group’s Charter. It does this through:

  • People – Engaging on a regular basis with the Project Group Chairs to ensure each group maintains the right mix of participants that will deliver solutions within expected timelines.
  • Productivity Tools – Enabling collaboration within the Project Groups as well as providing tools for publication and lifecycle management of Project Group results.
  • Lab Support – Supporting TIP foundational and community functions by providing clear Community Lab entry and exit criteria and review of Project Group milestones related to TIP Community Lab activities.
  • Software development best practices – Developing a software collaboration model to increase development efficiency and encourage re-use of software components, models, and APIs throughout the TIP ecosystem.
  • Member and Industry Advocacy – Serving as community evangelists, to seek new members and connect existing ones. TC members advocate for the TIP community at large and its specific members in various forums, from the TIP Board to external organizations and events.

TC Membership and Participation Expectations

  • The TC aims to staff six to ten active members.
  • TIP members in good standing are qualified for the technical committee. Nominees must have deep technical expertise in at least one of the TIP Focus Areas which is required to support the work of TIP and the Project Groups.
  • Nominees must be sponsored by a current TC or TIP Board member. The TIP Board will approve new members as recommended by the TC.
  • TC members who are not able make themselves available in a way that allows them to fulfill the role of a TC member shall inform the TC and open their TC seat. TC members not fulfilling the duties laid out in this Charter can be removed from the TC by majority vote.

Decision-Making Process and Meeting Frequency

  • The TC meets at a self-arranged cadence, usually every other week.
  • Decisions are made by majority vote. Voting may be performed in person during TC meetings or via electronic voting. Each TC member has one vote in decisions made by the TC.

Review of the Charter

The TC will annually review and assess the adequacy of this Charter and recommend any changes to the Board for consideration.

Project Groups and Area Directors

Radio Solutions
Area Directors: Renuka Bhalerao, Heikki Almay, Steve Vandris

Routing and Transport Systems
Area Directors: Ike Elliott, Eran Tal

Common Infrastructure
Area Directors: Heikki Almay

Systems and Capacity Management
Area Directors: Steve Vandris, Martin Rehwald

• OpenCellular
• OpenRAN
• Solutions Integration
• vRAN Fronthaul
• CrowdCell
• mmWave

• Open Optical

• System Integration and Site Optimization
• Power and Connectivity

• Edge Computing
• E2E Network Slicing
• AI and AML