TOPS COUNCIL

Recently Completed Initiatives

IP Services Interconnect

Completed: September 2014

Leads: Chris Drake, iconectiv
Carroll Grey Preston, GENBAND

Scope: The objective of the focus group is to define a strategy for developing an IP services interconnect specification suitable for all service provider types (wireless, wireline, and cable), encompassing basic, advanced, and future services. The scope includes forward-looking services such as HD Voice, Video, Messaging, and Data. Requirements are identified for a set of interconnection profiles built on existing standards to enable these services and to deliver a consistent user experience across all types of networks (e.g., Wireless, Fixed, and Cable). This analysis is complementary to a joint effort with the SIP Forum (the ATIS/SIP Forum IP-NNI Task Force) to develop a fully specified IP-NNI for voice services.

White Paper: IP Services Interconnect Technical Report: Assessment of Requirements and Specifications.

Integration Platform as a Service (iPaas)

Completed: May 2015

Since traditional information broadcast such as over the air (OTA) is in decline, application-level publish and subscribe systems are implemented within closed communities of interest. iPaaS provides capabilities to enable subscribers / tenants to integrate projects involving cloud and on-premises applications. This Landscape Team completed work on a short white paper entitled iPaaS Business Applications in May 2015.

White Paper: iPaaS Business Applications, ATIS-I-0000048, May 2015

Leveraging Network Intelligence

Completed: October 2014

Leads: Tom Anderson, Cisco
Kevin Sparks, Alcatel-Lucent

Scope: Service provider networks possess a wealth of information (network intelligence) relative to subscribers, applications and network state. Attempts to leverage this intelligence have, in the past, fallen short. The potential gain associated with network intelligence is significant. Additionally, new network technologies such as NFV and SDN, provide new possibilities for network and application optimization. This focus group report has taken a “use case” approach in analyzing how network intelligence can be better leveraged in the network. Eleven different use cases have been analyzed. For each use case, both the network data inputs as well as potential outputs/network actions were considered to better leverage network intelligence.

White Paper: Emerging Opportunities for Leveraging Network Intelligence

Public Safety Related Applications

Completed: September 2015

Leads: Mike Clancy, Comcast
Mike Nawrocki, Verizon

The ATIS TOPS Council Public Safety Related Applications Task Force was launched in 2014 to address the migration of infrastructure associated with public safety. Through engagement of public safety stakeholder organizations, the Task Force identified classes of solutions used by specific industries. Recently the PSRA-F released of a roadmap of IP-enabled solutions to more rapidly advance the transition of specific public safety applications to all-IP media, products and services. While the all-IP migration of PSTN-based telecommunications networks is well underway, this new ATIS resource takes a broad view of the current public safety requirements and identifies current and future solutions available across the industry. The report builds upon previous findings related to the current state of public safety applications and how they function in the network, addressing areas of energy and utilities, alarm circuits to fire and police, transportation, as well as the broad set of emergency operations center-related applications currently provisioned over legacy copper infrastructure. The goal of this analysis was to share solution-level information across the public safety industry and to provide a higher level of insight into the directional changes that could be enabled by the transition to all-IP.

White Paper: Developing a Roadmap for the Migration of Public Safety Applications During the All IP Transition

SDN/NFV Focus Group

Completed: July 2014

Leads: Phillip Jacobs, Cisco
Ben Campbell, Oracle
Tom Anderson, Cisco
Laurent Laporte, Sprint

Scope: By separating the control plane and the data plane, SDN opens the door to network virtualization as well as the potential for greater flexibility and lower costs for deploying and managing networks. This offers a radical new model for the deployment, engineering, and operation of service provider networks, and it opens the door for new revenue models. Operators and vendors alike need to understand the impacts that a transition toward a virtualized network infrastructure will have on their networks and operations. ATIS' Software-Defined Networking/Network Functions Virtualization Focus Group, launched in January 2014, will demonstrate service chaining of hardware/NFV appliances (e.g., load balancer, firewall, and CDN) using SDN concepts. This will involve developing application interface APIs and OAM interface APIs for service chaining in an OpenStack and OpenDaylight framework. This work builds on that of ATIS' Software-Defined Networking Focus Group. This Group was formed in May 2013 to assess new software-driven capabilities for dynamically managing traffic while enhancing network performance and reducing capital/operational expenses.

A landscape assessment was produced, and the ongoing work on SDN/NFV was transitioned to the ATIS NFV Forum.