Recap of Telecom Infra Project (TIP) Activity at MWC 2018

New Project and Working Groups:

Along with other TIP updates, three new groups were announced at MWC 2018: Disaggregated Cell Site Gateways, CrowdCell, and Power and Connectivity.

Disaggregated Cell Site Gateways

An Open Optical & Packet Transport sub-group led by Vodafone and Facebook. The sub-group is focused on the definition of a next generation cell site gateway device that operators can deploy at their cell sites. The group is working on technical requirements provided by Vodafone, other major operators, and hardware/software technology partners in an effort to produce a disaggregated device specification with a set of fully open APIs which can drive network cost efficiencies.

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Led by Vodafone, the CrowdCell Project Group will focus on creating a CrowdCell by leveraging General Purpose Processing (GPP) platforms, Software-Defined Radios (SDR) and Open Source designs for both hardware and software to minimize costs with a “one design” flexible platform.

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Power and Connectivity

A new TIP project group co-chaired by Facebook and Telefonica. The group aims to collaborate on strategic opportunities at the nexus of power and connectivity. They will initially focus on enabling network operators to deploy connectivity in areas that do not have electricity.

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Read all TIP announcements from MWC:


Sprint becomes first major U.S. wireless operator to join Facebook’s TIP

Sprint joins Telenor and China Unicom as TIP’s newest members, which was part of a larger announcement for TIP at Mobile World Congress. ​Read more…

Telenor Group joins Telecom Infra Project

Telenor Group has joined the Telecom Infra Project. The global mobile operator will contribute to two TIP project groups focused on wireless networking: OpenCellular and mmWave.  Read more…



Vodafone & OpenCellular

Vodafone is developing new technologies designed to enable the cost-effective deployment of base stations in currently unconnected areas of Africa and India. The deployment will be supported by Vodafone’s new OpenRAN technology and Facebook’s OpenCellular wireless access platform, which were developed within the Telecom Infra Project. Read more

2 thoughts on “Recap of Telecom Infra Project (TIP) Activity at MWC 2018

  1. AT&T gave impetus to the open hardware movement today (March 27, 2018) by announcing it plans to install 60,000 white-box routers in its cell towers over a period of several years.

    From AT&T’s press release (see 1st reference below):
    “We’re transitioning from the traditional, proprietary routers that sit inside these structures to new hardware that’s built around open standards and can be quickly upgraded via software. We expect to roll out over 60,000 of these white box routers over the next several years across the U.S.”

    Andre Fuetsch of AT&T Labs called it a “radical realignment of the traditional service provider model,” saying the software-powered devices would free AT&T from being dependent on proprietary hardware from traditional vendors in deploying 5G services.

    “We’re no longer constrained by the capabilities of proprietary silicon and feature roadmaps of traditional vendors. We’re writing open hardware specifications for these machines, and developing the open source software that powers these boxes. This means faster hardware upgrades, since anyone can build to these specs. And software upgrades that move at internet speed. We’re doing this all while keeping costs low so we can focus on expanding our nationwide mobile 5G footprint for our customers as quickly as possible.”

    These machines will use open hardware designs so anyone can build to AT&T’s specifications.


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