TIP welcomes Orange to its board of directors

TIP welcomes Orange to its board of directors

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The Telecom Infra Project (TIP) has added Orange to its board of directors.

Laurent Leboucher, group CTO and senior vice president of Orange Innovation Networks, will serve as the company’s representative on the board.  

“Orange has been a great champion for TIP and its mission over many years," said Yago Tenorio, TIP’s chairman & fellow and network architecture director at Vodafone.

"They are leading efforts across several of our Project Groups in line with their end-to-end open and disaggregated network vision, which is totally aligned with TIP’s. We are pleased to have them join our Board of Directors and look forward to benefiting from Laurent’s experience and insight on the team.”

Prior to this announcement, Orange was an active participant at TIP, including co-chairing the OpenRAN and open core network project groups and co-leading the mandatory use case requirements for SDN for transport subgroup.

Orange also sits on TIP’s technical committee, the test & validation committee, and have recently opened a TIP community lab dedicated to OpenRAN solutions.

“TIP is instrumental for us," said Laurent Leboucher, group CTO and senior vice president at Orange Innovation Networks.

"It has helped coordinate the industry around a core mission – to shift the telecoms ecosystem towards a more open and agile model for tech development and network architecture – and we are seeing its benefits across the entire industry supply chain. We are very pleased to join the other industry leaders on TIP’s Board of Directors to support these efforts even further.” 

In his current role at Orange Innovation Networks, Leboucher leads teams already involved in the following TIP projects: Open Optical & Packet Transport, Open Core Network, Wi-Fi, OpenRAN, Test & Integration, Non-Terrestrial Connectivity Solutions.

He is also an advocate of new software practices in networks: moving networks to a much more continuous CI/CD type of delivery and AI driven operation.

Having joined Orange in 1992 and has held various technical, management and executive positions in several areas such as operations, R&D, IT, start-up creation in France and the US, with a particular focus on software systems and IT transformation.

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