Buoyed by the mutual dependency of wireless and wireline technologies, growing adoption of open source and operators' quest for flexible, cost-effective and efficient networks, the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) continues to garner new members and open additional labs for collaboration.
On Wednesday, three communications organizations unveiled community labs: CableLabs and TIP opened a TIP Community Lab at CableLabs' Louisville, Colo.-based headquarters; Deutsche Telekom debuted its lab in Berlin, and Bharti Airtel said it will launch a facility in India. In October, BT and SK Telecom unveiled TIP Ecosystem Acceleration Centers (TEACs) in their respective headquarters of London and Seoul, joining existing TEACs operated by DT in Berlin and Orange in Paris.
So what's driving these investments from wireless and wireline providers and organizations? The impending arrival of 5G demands densification -- which in turn requires more fiber, as demonstrated by the recent partnership between Sprint and Altice -- is certainly one motivator and the impetus behind CableLabs' debut project. (See Altice USA & Sprint Sign MVNO Pact.)
CableLabs' first project will focus on virtualizing the radio access network (RAN) for non-ideal fronthaul links, wrote Joey Padden, principal architect, wireless, at the organization. Because it's too expensive to pull fiber to every small cell to densify for 5G, the lab will explore technologies such as DOCSIS, Gfast, Ethernet and microwave as cost-effective fronthaul approaches, Padden said.
CableLabs joined TIP about 12 months ago and is part of the TIP Technical Committee. Facebook launched TIP in 2016, and the organization now includes a Who's Who of vendors, operators, integrators and end customers.
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