TOPS Council

Completed Initiatives

Intelligent Programmatic Peering

Leadership: Nima Salehi, TELUS

Intelligent Programmatic Peering: Mitigating DDoS attacks — and more. The Intelligent Programmatic Peering Landscape Team (IPLT) was convened to create industry solutions identifying mechanisms to leverage SP to SP communications to better mitigate DDoS attacks. The IPLT has specifically addressed the fact that existing DDoS mitigation techniques do not use real-time information exchange between SPs. The IPLT has assessed available mechanisms for addressing the problem including RTBH Filtering (Remotely Triggered Black Hole), Policy Based Routing, and BGP FlowSpec. It is currently reviewing these mechanisms with an eye toward understanding the need for best practices and who should define these in the industry. The Landscape Team is currently posing critical questions to service providers, and developing a template for a “DDoS Mitigation Peering agreement.” Its conclusions will be validated with service providers.

Output: Intelligent Programmatic Peering Summary Report, December 2016.

Neutral Host Landscape Team

Leadership: Michael Recchione, Cisco

Providing uniform cellular coverage to all employees and guests in managed spaces such as sports stadiums, shopping malls, and offices requires deploying dedicated cells to enhance signal strength and overcome indoor coverage limitations. One particular problem is that separate cellular infrastructure from all major wireless service providers must be deployed. Efficiencies could be gained if a single infrastructure was deployed that all wireless providers could use, thus making the in-building system a neutral host for cell coverage, unaligned with any specific provider. This TOPS Council initiative will analyze the technical options for a streamlined solution of this type in the context of the U.S. regulatory environment. The analysis would focus on surveying potential technical solutions and comparative technical trade-offs, rather than providing a business analysis.

White Paper: Neutral Host Solutions for Multi-Operator Wireless Coverage in Managed Spaces, September 2016

Wi-Fi Emergency Calling

Leadership: Stephen Edge, Qualcomm
Peter Musgrove, AT&T

Promoting safeguards for emergency services. Wireless carriers support Voice over Wi-Fi in order to offload the cellular networks and/or increase coverage area. Emergency calling on Wi-Fi networks poses challenges in this paradigm. This new TOPS Council effort will develop use cases for Wi-Fi emergency calling and survey the standards landscape to identify specific needs to support Wi-Fi emergency calling use cases. The proposed initiative will also determine work items for various ATIS committees and/or 3GPP contributions.