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TIP, ONF Establish Liaison to Further Push Open, Disaggregated Broadband Networks

November 19, 2019 By Finley Engineering in

The Telecom Infra Project (TIP), a Facebook-backed organization, and the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) have entered into a liaison agreement.

TIP’s Open Optical and Packet Transport (OOPT) project group and ONF’s Open Disaggregated Transport Network (ODTN) already collaborate. The two groups are extending their work with new initiatives in mobile and fixed broadband networks.

The two groups together represent more than 500 organizations worldwide, including telecom service providers. “Deutsche Telekom believes in the essential role of open standards, hardware and software disaggregation and fast prototyping in the quick and cost effective deployment of new equipment and services,” Dr. Andreas Gladisch, the Vice President of  Emerging Technologies and Technology Innovation for Deutsche Telekom and co-chair of the TIP mmWave Networks Project Group said in a press release. “We welcome this initiative between TIP and ONF to explore hybrid access networks using PON, mmWave and other wired and wireless technologies under an SDN architecture.”

The high-level shared goal of the groups that led to creation of the liaison is the desire to develop deployable and disaggregated networks that emphasize innovation and choice. These network structures increasingly are needed as service providers look to simultaneously increase efficiencies and roll out new network capabilities.

On mobile networks, TIP’s OpenRAN 5GNR Project Group will seek to integrate hardware platforms using TIP specifications with ONF open source software stacks in several areas. Three examples are:

  • Integration with an ONF’s Open Evolved Mobile Core (OMEC) platform
  • Integration with ONF’s ONOS-based O-RAN compliant RICK controller for 5G radio access
  • Integration with ONF’s planned RAN-DU and RAN-CU software stacks based on the O-RAN architecture.

The liaison will look to harness ONF’s Converged Multi-Access and Core (COMAC) platform and introduce 5G as a component of converged wired/wireless platforms.

On the fixed broadband side, the cooperation between the two groups will feature integration of mmWave mesh networks – in which TIP has experience – with ONF SEBA architecture. The goal is to create a solution that addresses multiple access technologies.