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

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