Half of the world’s population is still not connected to the internet, and for those who are, connectivity is often insufficient. COVID-19 has highlighted the critical role of connectivity in our communities and economies. With almost half of the world still not connected to the internet, access to the multitude of consumer and commercial benefits provided by the internet is limited, thereby impacting GDP growth globally. 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.
Founded in 2016, Telecom Infra Project (TIP) is a global community of companies and organizations that are driving infrastructure solutions to advance global connectivity. Wavelabs has joined hands with diverse companies – from service providers and technology partners, to systems integrators and other connectivity stakeholders to develop, test and deploy open, disaggregated, and standards-based solutions that deliver the high-quality connectivity that the world needs – now and in the decades to come.
The TIP community leverages and builds on existing standards to create commercial network products and end-to-end network configurations that can be easily deployed by operators across the world. This is enabled by a collaborative approach that creates scale by defining common requirements in the project groups and in R&D efforts in TIP lab trials. TIP’s focused approach – using the project groups, labs, and trials – to building networks is bringing three key benefits for the industry:
TIP is transforming a critical element of mobile networks. The core is a strategic element of the network, where subscriber authentication services, charging systems and traffic policy systems are hosted. With the standardization of 5G service-based architecture and the migration to cloud native implementations, there is significant opportunity to create value for the industry through open and converged core networks, including: a reduction of operational costs; greater innovation and competition for new technology solutions; a more flexible core that can host different services (e.g. 4G, 5G, Wi-Fi) supporting diverse use cases (e.g. mobile broadband, fixed wireless, private networks); and simplification of core operations through increased automation.
TIP’s Open Core Network Project Group is working to make this possible. It has published the first release of Technical Requirements for 5G Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) use cases, which includes core network functions, orchestration, cloud-native infrastructure, and deployment automation. The TIP Community Lab in Menlo Park is launching the first Open Core lab trial with the goal of integrating and demonstrating a 5G “minimum viable core” with commercial 5G radios. Wavelabs Technologies, along with ACL Digital and others, are contributing software for this project. We are very excited by the progress made and the momentum gained with this project. With TIP products and solutions becoming a commercial reality around the world, we are honored to be working with the community to build end-to-end solutions.