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13 September 2017
| Natalie Bannerman
As a member of the Telecom Infra Project, Deutsche Telekom is launching three new initiatives, including a millimetre wave project.
The TIP Millimetre Wave (mmWave)
Networks Project Group aims to advance the development of
innovative and cost effective solutions to address the growing
demands for bandwidth.
The group is co-chaired by Facebook and Deutsche Telekom and
it is supported by the second initiative, the launch of the
first European TIP Community Lab in Bonn, Germany.
The third initiative is the TIP Ecosystem Acceleration
Centre (TEAC), which is focused on the development of network
infrastructure innovation. It will be in Berlin.
Bruno Jacobfeuerborn, CTO of Deutsche Telekom, said: "Our
goal is to deliver the best network services to our customers,
and at the same time deliver a superior capital efficiency.
This requires more radical approaches. We value
Facebook’s contributions to this space and enjoy
the excellent partnership we have as part of TIP and
The Millimetre Wave Networks Project Group will begin its
work of creating innovative solutions for cost-efficient access
and metro networks using the 60GHz unlicensed spectrum range.
It will focus on operator use cases and the most appropriate
system architectures, including fibre connectivity and mobile
Speaking on the new group, Andreas Gladisch, Deutsche
Telekom co-chair for the project group, said: "We are aiming to
deliver cost-efficient solutions, truly innovating within the
market. We expect our work to create a vibrant open,
community-driven ecosystem that will meet the needs of telecom
and city operators."
TIP Community Labs will provide the space and equipment
needed for TIP members to do their work and research. The first
European Community Lab in Bonn will focus solely on mmWave
technology and will be crucial to the advancement and
deployment of these new technologies.
With the Ecosystem Acceleration Centres, TIP says that it is
addressing the global challenge faced by many startups in order
to access the market for network infrastructure. Jacobfeuerborn
said: "Telecoms is generally a market with high entry barriers
and is dominated by established vendors. Small startups have
problems entering the telco market, even for proof of concepts.
As a result, the venture capital community has been very
hesitant to make infrastructure-related investments. The TEAC
centre in Berlin, jointly announced by TIP, Facebook and
Deutsche Telekom, will help to break this deadlock. Our work on
5G has shown DT’s leadership in driving telco
innovation, and I am very confident that we will also be
successful in helping push the broader telecom infrastructure
Telecom Infra Project,