DOCUMENT #: GSC13-PLEN-34 FOR: Presentation

Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions
Plenary; 4.2
Susan Miller, President & CEO, ATIS, [email protected]
Alliance for Telecommunications
Industry Solutions
Submission Date:
July 1, 2008
ATIS Current Highlights
• ATIS identifies and addresses industry’s most urgent priorities and
develops end-to-end technical and operational standards that drive
the business of its members – information, entertainment and
communications companies.
– Business/technology priorities are identified by ATIS’ executive-level Board
Councils (technical/operations and IT) and addressed in focus groups,
exploratory groups and task forces; tying business objectives to needed
standardized solutions.
– Resulting work items and recommendations are implemented within ATIS and in
coordination with other industry organizations.
– Completed in 2007: (Network/Service) Convergence, Inter-carrier VoIP Call
Routing, and Optical Access Networks.
– Work initiated in 2008:
• Home Networking – Identifying actions needed to develop a cohesive home
networking infrastructure.
• Service-Oriented Networks - Identifying actions needed to enhance the NG-service
creation environment.
• NG Carrier Interconnect – Developing standards for the NG-interconnection
architecture, network and traffic management, and service specific requirements.
ATIS Current Highlights
– The IPTV Interoperability Forum (IIF) continues its leading work, publishing key
standards on architecture, security, QoS and digital rights management.
– Developing an IP-based Point of Deployment (POD) for separable security, and
efforts for downloadable security.
– ATIS is the exclusive Partner of the MultiService Forum (MSF) GMI2008 event
regarding IPTV interoperability.
• Regulatory Activities
– Actively involved in U.S. Department of State position/input in to WTSA.
– Established rules for Hearing-Aid Compatibility (CMRS) in conjunction with
consumer groups.
• “Green” Initiative
– Launching initiatives bringing together relevant stakeholders to assess, discuss
and agree on actions to improve and/or drive greater Green efficiencies.
– ATIS is already working on both energy efficiency and reduction of hazardous
substances specifications.
– Evaluating possible changes to ATIS IPR Policy to make the standards
development process more effective.
Strategic Direction
• Soliciting broader involvement of non-traditional operator/vendor
sectors; e.g., entertainment (content developers, aggregators,
• Enabling the NG-service oriented network; e.g., programs/
application/ software development and developers.
– Marrying the Worlds of the Web and the Traditional Telco
– Identifying the characteristics of an ideal service creation and delivery
environment where industry utilizes the combined strengths of the traditional
telco’s (five 9s) reliability with the Web/Internet’s flexibility and scalability.
• Creating venues/processes which more effectively enable ATIS’
committees to take an approach to standards that crosses
network/service domains.
• Implementing greater Green efficiencies in not only the standards
development process but in considering what technology aspects
to standardized.
• Continuing emphasis on the business implications of technology
choices – the intersection of where technology meets business.
• Initiating industry’s paradigm shift away from (network/service)
domain specific ideologies, allegiances and thus standards to an
unified cross-domain converged approach to communications.
• Delivering implementable standards when and where needed, given
the increased complexity of the network, the technology and the
overall industry landscape.
– Industry stakeholders are expanding and evolving
– Network is radically changing/transforming, marrying the worlds of telco and
• Engaging the open source (i.e., web/Internet) community to enable
greater accessibility/availability for developers while maintaining the
strengths of the traditional telco’s (five 9s) reliability.
• Creating standards to enable industry to develop new services
which attract users (and applications with their developers) and
monetizing on those services.
• Involving/retaining experienced standards participants (i.e.,
resources) with a good understanding of the converged network, the
technologies, and overall direction of the industry.
Next Steps/Actions
• Enlist broader involvement/participation of the non-traditional telco
sector in the standardization process; e.g., the entertainment and
applications developers communities.
• Implement actions resulting from ATIS’ initiatives on the Home
Network, Service-Oriented Networks, and Green.
• Continue to engage ATIS’ executive-level Board to assess
industry’s strategic business direction and subsequent technical/
operations needs.
• Continue to assess new models by which standards can best be
developed to respond to marketplace opportunities and demands.
• Foster continuing collaboration amongst industry’s standards
Supplemental Slides
Exploratory Group on Convergence (EGC)
• The Exploratory Group on Convergence (EGC) released its Report
and Recommendations in September 2007, defining the scope and
meaning of convergence and identifying high level issues and
recommendations for standards, requirements, and architecture to
support NGN inter-working.
• The EGC concluded:
– Realizing the full potential of convergence will require a fundamental shift in the
industry’s approach to traditional wireless, wireline, and service silos.
– Standardization programs must broaden their efforts from a technology or service
specific (vertical) approach to that of a comprehensive holistic end-to-end
(horizontal) standpoint.
– There is no clear mechanism to ensure that service interaction can be effectively
managed across service types or service domains (e.g., a combined Multimedia
Sub-system (IMS) + Web Services architecture).
– ATIS is well-positioned to demonstrate solid leadership in the area of
• Recommendations outlined in the report are now being implemented
within ATIS committees.
Optical Access Networks (OAN)
• The Optical Access Networks Focus Group (OAN-FG) released its
Assessment and Work Plan in September 2007 focusing on
issues associated with the development and implementation of
access networks for FTTx and related optical networking
technologies in North America.
• Steps needed to resolve specified gaps in the report include:
– identification of which standards need to be clarified, expanded, or limited in
order to move the industry towards viable options for G-PON deployment
– identification of where resources should be centered to develop
interoperability testing which is beneficial to ATIS members
– areas in which implementation agreements should be developed and
• ATIS Network Interface Power and Protection (NIPP) committee is
addressing items identified in the work plan, with focus on optical
access interfaces and systems.
Inter-Carrier VoIP Call Routing (IVCR)
• The Inter-Carrier VoIP Call Routing Focus Group (IVCR-FG)
completed its assessment and work plan in January 2008.
• ATIS Inter-Carrier VoIP Call Routing (IVCR) Assessment and
Work Plan published in 1Q08 focused on:
– Reference models and identification of IP-interconnect scenarios, and
– Areas that affect interconnection such as Signaling & Media Transport,
Security, Emergency Services. Public Safety, Performance and
• Work launched in ATIS’ committees to address issues outlined in
the work plan.
• Workshop held in June 2008 with the 3GPP, ENUM LLC, GSMA,
GSMNA, and IETF to initiate discussion on the feasibility of a
common routing solution and NG-carrier interconnections.
Home Networking (HNET)
• ATIS established a Home Networking Focus Group to develop a
cohesive home networking infrastructure.
• Areas under review include plug-and-play, transport medium
within the home, managing the home network, QoS, security,
content and “green” aspects.
• Currently assessing these areas along with developing a
functional architecture, and assessing industry certification
• Work commenced in February 2008 and is expected to
conclude in 4Q08.
Service Oriented Networks (SON)
• ATIS established a Service Oriented Networks Focus Group to
investigate an enhanced service creation environment.
• Areas under review include:
– an enhanced service creation environment and programming model
accessible to a large developer community,
– methods for blending capabilities from a variety of sources (e.g., Web
2.0/SOA/IMS); and
– the ability for ATIS member companies to selectively tap the capabilities of
and provide capabilities to the larger community of external application
• Currently developing a high-level framework for SON to illustrate
the connections, synergies, and areas of competition in the NGN,
IMS, SOA, and Web 2.0 architectures as well as aspects of
service quality management, service creation environments,
service development, service delivery, service orchestration,
common data modeling and BSS/OSS issues.
• Work commenced April 2008 and expected to conclude in 4Q08.
Next Generation Carrier Interconnect (NG-CI)
• ATIS committee leaders and industry stakeholders working
collaboratively to define a roadmap to address short term issues
and longer term issues related to IP interconnection.
• Priority work for TDM-to-IP and IP-to-IP interconnection
standardization activities actively ongoing in ATIS committees.
– Key areas identified include: services and adaptation, next
generation interconnection architecture, network and traffic
management, and service specific requirements.
• ATIS technical committees actively addressing 32 related NG-CI
issues within their standards activities.
• ATIS currently assessing longer-term interconnect items and
developing use cases for Fixed-Fixed and Fixed-Mobile
Convergence, Managed Peer-to-Peer service and Bandwidth on
IPv6 Task Force (IPv6-TF)
• ATIS IPv6 Task Force formed in late 2005 to create a consensus
view/position on IPv6.
• Initial report released in May 2006 examined the drivers for the
transition to IPv6 and identified the issues and complexities
arising with the transition.
• Second report released in July 2007 addressed “transition
challenges” with the identification of standards and initiatives to
enable the transition to take place in a secure, logical manner
fitting with the needs of vendors and network operators to provide
solutions and best practices.
• Third report released June 2008, ATIS Readiness Plan for IPv6
Transition, provides:
– A tool for organizations to make an assessment of current capabilities and to
identify steps towards IPv6 readiness, and
– Means for organizations to illustrate IPv6 readiness utilizing defined Levels
of Readiness.