The 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) provides a stable environment to produce the reports and specifications that define 3GPP technologies. The project covers cellular telecommunications network technologies, including radio access, the core transport network, and service capabilities – including work on codecs, security, and quality of service. We work with 3GPP to ensure carrier requirements for small cells are reflected in the development of standards.
Broadband Forum develops multi-service broadband packet networking specifications addressing interoperability, architecture and management. We worked closely with Broadband Forum to ensure that small cells not only addressed capacity and coverage, but also delivered a manageable service. We selected the TR-069 management protocol, which is used with all DSL and cable modems, to manage small cells in a residential and small office context.
CableLabs is a non-profit research and development consortium that is dedicated to creating innovative ideas that significantly impact our cable operator members’ business. CableLabs also serves to define interoperable solutions among our members and their technology suppliers in order to drive scale, reduce costs, and create competition in the supply chain. CableLabs membership is comprised of the major cable operators worldwide. We exchange documents and information on areas of mutual interest.
The Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) advocates on behalf of its members’ and works to educate policymakers on the key issues that impact our members’ ability to compete, survive, and thrive. Currently these issues include access to spectrum, access to devices access to networks, universal service fund (USF) reform, Next-Generation 911 (NG911) solutions, among others. Recently we have been working with CCA in the development of our Release Five work stream.
The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) produces globally-applicable standards for Information and Communications Technologies (ICT), including fixed, mobile, radio, converged, broadcast and internet technologies. ETSI is officially recognized by the European Union as a European Standards Organization. We collaborate with ETSI on our Plugfest program. We have two Plugfests – one virtual, the other face-to-face – planned for 2015.
The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting nearly 800 operators with more than 250 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and internet companies, as well as organizations in adjacent industry sectors. We collaborate with GSMA and share documents and expertise in areas of mutual interest with the aim of avoiding duplication and promoting the value of small cell technologies.
The Global VSAT Forum (GVF) is the global trade association that supports, promotes and helps facilitate the adoption of specific work items relating to the use of satellite communications systems and services. We work with Global VSAT on issues related to spectrum coordination and on the identification of successful business cases for use of small-cell and satellite connectivity solutions, particularly for non-urban areas.
The MEF, as the defining body for carrier Ethernet, is a global industry alliance comprising more than 220 organizations including telecommunications service providers, cable MSOs, network equipment/software manufacturers, semiconductors vendors and testing organizations. Its aim is to accelerate the worldwide adoption of carrier-class Ethernet networks and services. Our work with the MEF has focused on small cell backhaul and time/phase synchronization.
The vision of the NGMN Alliance is to expand the communications experience by providing a truly integrated and cohesively managed delivery platform that brings affordable mobile broadband services to the end user with a particular focus on LTE and LTE-Advanced. We are currently working to align our virtualization work with NGMN’s 5G initiative which is focused on customer requirements in the 2020+ timeframe.
The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) is an international industry consortium of over 500 companies, government agencies and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available interface standards. OGC® Standards support interoperable solutions that “geo-enable” the web, wireless and location-based services and mainstream IT. We collaborate with the OGC in the exchange of technical and marketing information in the use of location based services for small cells and small cell based services.
Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) delivers open specifications for creating interoperable services that work across all geographical boundaries, on any bearer network. OMA is the focal point for the development of mobile service enabler specifications, which support the creation of interoperable end-to-end mobile services.Our services group has been working with OMA to drive the standardization of zonal presence associated applications.
Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) aims to support and further the vision of ubiquitous and seamless wireless broadband services. Its mission is to facilitate the adoption of Wi-Fi enabled services through improvements in user experience, interoperability and service delivery across technologies, devices and networks. Our network group works with WBA on Wi-Fi/small cell integration and to secure broadest adoption of standards based specifications in the industry for seamless and secure auto authentication and interoperability.