In this Issue:
Welcome New ATIS Members
In May, ATIS launched a first-of-a-kind initiative, the Open Web Alliance (OWA) to develop requirements for an open service optimization proxy to meet the service needs of all stakeholders in the web ecosystem while supporting goals of encryption and privacy. OWA was formed in response to concerns expressed over the impact that proprietary proxies, such as those that incorporate the new SPDY protocol, have on network management and services. The initiative is well-timed: SPDY has been submitted to the Internet Engineering Task Force for standardization as HTTP 2.0, set to be proposed as a standard in November. The web, as it has evolved thus far, presents users with inherent tradeoffs between speed, security and services. ATIS believes the users themselves are the ones who should have the strongest voice in making these tradeoffs.OWA brings together all organizations with a stake in making integrated web services richer, faster and more secure to address the challenges SPDY brings. Active outreach targeting a broad variety of entities including international service providers, privacy advocacy groups, industry consortiums, over-the-top players and others is currently underway. Learn more in the ATIS whitepaper, An Analysis of the SPDY Protocol and the SPDY Proxy. If interested in participating in OWA, contact Jim McEachern, Senior Technology Consultant, ATIS.
Better positioning ATIS members in light of major industry transitions. The Technology and Operations (TOPS) Council’s latest initiatives are designed to better position ATIS members in light of the disruption caused by the transition to All-IP and the concurrent shift from hardware to software-based solutions. These projects identify ways to harness these advancements for positive change including using network programmability to increase network value, natively interconnecting IP Services while reducing the need for TDM gateways, and finding innovative new ways to extract value from the data collected from our network operations. Together, these elements create a compound impact that is unprecedented in our industry’s history. Here are highlights of how the TOPS Council is addressing these challenges:
Software Defined Networking (SDN) / Network Functions Virtualization (NFV)
Assessing the business implications of these two areas of innovation. SDN enables flexible service models by centralizing network control and exposing it with northbound APIs, while NFV defines a common infrastructure framework that allows uniform implementation and portability of virtual functions. Bringing SDN and NFV together allows service providers to configure and reconfigure virtual network functions in real time. The result is a new and highly flexible service model for the deployment, engineering and operation of service provider networks as well as the potential for lower management and integration costs. ATIS is addressing these topics through a TOPS Council Focus Group and also at the Board level:
The SDN-NFV Focus Group’s output will help inform the discussions of the Board ad hoc group as it explores the strategic, business-impacting and technology needs of the ATIS membership in the context of the current landscape of SDN-NFV activity. This comprehensive approach is designed to ensure that ATIS addresses the needs of members, as well as those of the entire industry.
The All-IP Transition
Identifying the metrics data that counts and helping operators understand how to better use it. Innovation is needed to help operators deliver improved user experiences from the wealth of data it is now possible to collect from our networks. ATIS' work in this area builds on the findings of the Big Data Analytics Focus Group, which developed a framework to simplify data exchange among providers. This project advances earlier findings by providing a major contribution in terms of identifying, characterizing and cataloging useful network metrics that could be collected, and then evaluating how that information could be used. Thus far, the Leveraging Network Intelligence Focus Group has singled out ten key use cases, including prioritization of traffic and personalized broadband. An in-depth analysis of each has begun to highlight correlations in data requirements and identify implementation challenges. The Focus Group targets the publication of a white paper with its findings and recommendations due in July 2014. To join, contact Jim McEachern, Senior Technology Consultant, ATIS.
FCC CTO Addresses ATIS Members. A critical part of ATIS’ 2014 agenda is providing leadership to comprehensively address the All-IP transition. The majority of ATIS’ forums and committees are touched by this transition. As ATIS is seen as a key industry hub for discussion on this topic, FCC Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Dr. Henning Schulzrinne addressed ATIS members at the 11th Annual Meeting of the Committees held in Denver May 5-9, 2014. Here are highlights from his presentation.
Access Dr. Schulzrinne’s “Tech Transition Update” (2 MB dowload) as presented at AMOC.
Identifying and addressing numbering issues associated with the All-IP transition—and more. As part of its comprehensive work to advance the All-IP transition. ATIS plays a central role in addressing the future of numbering. As testament to the value placed on this work, Dr. Henning Schulzrinne has personally attended several meetings of the Industry Numbering Committee (INC).
INC looks forward to continuing the ongoing and productive dialogue with the FCC on numbering’s future, and has filed comments with the FCC containing recommendations on how to structure trials to help identify the need and scope for technical or industry standards for the exchange of voice traffic in IP formats.Advancing texting to and from toll free numbers. In today’s text-enabled society, the users of toll free numbers are increasingly requesting the ability to allow their customers to send and receive SMS text messages. Unlike the cellular and landline environment, there is no way to verify the actual end user of a toll free number from a central database. A RespOrg (Responsible Organization or the telecommunications provider) is responsible for keeping records on toll free numbers. Therefore, the ATIS SMS/800 Number Administration Committee (SNAC) is progressing work to support the ability for a RespOrg to grant text activation permissions for a toll free number.
Evolving toll-free communications. The FCC is considering initiating a proceeding regarding toll free numbering resources. Specifically, this would address issues impacting these resources stemming from the ongoing transition to All-IP networks. In response, SNAC submitted a list of recommended issues for the agency to take into account as it advances this topic. These addressed:
Advances in Ethernet ordering. Marking another ATIS collaboration to streamline inter-carrier relations to improve service, ATIS’ Ordering and Billing Forum and the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) are undertaking a joint project. The goal is to develop an international specification to support standardized worldwide Ethernet ordering. The implementation framework will make inter-carrier relations more efficient and enable service providers to automate and operationalize their Ethernet service offerings. It also will provide an opportunity for non-MEF member companies who use the current ATIS model to easily comply with MEF service specifications. The joint work will extend the standardized Ethernet ordering model beyond North America out to a global footprint to make Ethernet ordering more affordable globally. For more information, or to be part of the ATIS-MEF work, contact Jackie Voss, Manager - Global Standards Development, ATIS.
Efficiently streaming video for mobile users. To address the rapid increase in mobile device penetration and a corresponding exponential growth in data traffic on wireless networks, the Cloud Services Forum (CSF), has released Multicast Delivery of Content to Mobile End User Devices (ATIS-0200011), a new standard that provides a key protocol by which content from multicast streams can be delivered to mobile end-user devices. The new specification builds on CSF’s earlier contribution, CDN Interconnection Use Cases and Requirements for Multicast-Based Content Distribution (ATIS-0200004), which provides a description of multicast as a means for distributing content across two Content Distribution Network (CDN) Providers.
Multicast is a highly efficient delivery mechanism to enable many users to access the same content at the same time and is critical for live broadcast events. With users increasingly viewing live events on their mobile devices, the new CSF standard makes a valuable contribution toward the efficient delivery of content to multiple users through wireless devices. With the wireless component typically the “last mile” of the network, depending on the type of data requested, the use of multicast methods also offers significant relief for the wired backbone.
Advancing IMS emergency communications. The ATIS Wireless Technologies and Systems Committee (WTSC) and the Emergency Services Interconnection Forum (ESIF) have completed significant milestones already this year in advancing emergency communications. Specifically this work is building on the ATIS Standard for Implementation of 3GPP Common IMS Emergency Procedures for IMS Origination and ESInet/Legacy Selective Router Termination (ATIS-0700015), published in August 2013, by providing additional tools to advance IMS emergency communications.
In the standard, WTSC and ESIF completed defining the North American emergency call handling procedures in IMS-based origination networks. The goal was to support emergency communications that originate from an IMS subscriber (wireline or wireless) as well as routing the communication to an emergency services IP network (ESInet) or public safety answering point (PSAP) via legacy selective router. This work will serve to ensure that emergency calls originating on IMS networks are delivered no matter the routing path — legacy or IMS.
Aligning emergency communications with customer demands. In 2013, ATIS released the Joint ATIS/TIA Native SMS to 9-1-1 Requirements & Architecture Specification (J-STD-110), which provides short message service (SMS) subscribers the ability to send an SMS text message to 9-1-1. While this standard was highly effective, it was determined that there was a business need for enhancements to the SMS-to-9-1-1 service as defined by J-STD-110, stemming from the comprehensive scope of text-to-9-1-1 requirements. WTSC and ESIF are nowidentifying high-priority items that will result in updates to J-STD-110 and the J-STD-110 Implementation Guidelines (J-STD-110.01). This work will examine enhancements to ease the operation of the service (e.g., automated or electronic suspend/resume capability between PSAP(s) and text control centers).
Advancing next-generation priority services. ATIS’ work on national security/emergency preparedness (NS/EP) progresses on multiple fronts in 2014. NS/EP communications require priority access during network congestion. Therefore, the ATIS Packet Technologies and Systems Committee (PTSC) is taking the steps to reserve LTE Access Class 14 with the appropriate North American standard(s) for the sole purpose of NS/EP communications. This work is critical: LTE Access Class 14 needs to be reserved for authorized users in order to permit exemption from access class-barring activated during network congestion, and to permit priority marking of NS/EP resource-request signaling.
PTSC also is developing a technical report providing guidelines for provisioning relevant QoS/Priority Values such that NS/EP priority communication receives the highest probability of delivery over other service traffic.
The U.S. Government has defined its next generation (IP) architecture to address its enterprise mobile secure communications needs such as Secure VoIP. These communications may be categorized as NS/EP communications and as such, they warrant priority treatment.
Input to the FCC on this issue of critical importance to a growing segment of the population. The FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau has contacted ATIS regarding a report and order, rulemaking and inquiry under FCC consideration related to hearing aid compatibility (HAC). It is anticipated that this item will be released in the near future. In light of the anticipated FCC rulemaking and inquiry, ATIS is creating an ad hoc group of subject matter experts that would be interested in helping prepare comments. ATIS was a significant stakeholder through its HAC Incubator in the development of the existing FCC HAC rules for wireless devices. These rules require service providers and manufacturers of wireless devices to make a minimum percentage of their phones compatible with hearing aids. The new rulemaking and inquiry will examine a number of issues, including the extension of existing FCC requirements to new air interfaces and a possible requirement that 100% of wireless devices must be hearing aid compatible. Companies interested in participating in the new ad hoc group on this issue are asked to forward the contact information of appropriate SMEs to Alexandra Blasgen, ATIS Committee Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no participation fee associated with the ad hoc group..
For more information on the standards and solutions you’ve read about here, contact Steve Barclay, Director of Global Standards Development, at email@example.com.
Effective May 22, 2014, ATIS transitioned all of its Forums and Committees to a new content management platform –- ATIS Workspace (access.atis.org) – to help streamline and centralize activities. This system holistically provides document management, calendaring tools, e-mail lists, project/action item tracking capabilities, letter balloting, enhanced membership information, and more. Additionally, it will allow ATIS participants the opportunity to customize their individual ATIS experience.
While the launch of ATIS Workspace focused specifically on ATIS’ Forums and Committees, future implementations will involve other ATIS activities, such as those of the TOPS Council, CIO Council, and the Device Solutions Initiative. For more information, contact Kerrianne Conn, Manager - Knowledge Management, ATIS.
Advancing ICT Industry Transformation. ATIS’ Annual Meeting of the Committees took place on May 5-9, 2014 in Denver Colorado. More than 200 participants attended, representing 62 ATIS member companies to engage in their committee meetings, participate in joint meetings, and other special events, including the presentation of the ATIS Awards. At the meeting, participants learned of the many fronts on which ATIS’ work is advancing industry transition and also engaged directly in that process through their committee work.
Annual Awards at AMOC 2014. AMOC is the venue for the presentation of the ATIS 2014 Annual Awards. Awards were presented in three categories: ATIS Achievement Awards, Leadership in Standards Development Award and the President’s Award.
The 2014 President’s Award was presented to Tom Anderson of Cisco Systems in recognition of his support, advice and strategic insight, which have made significant contributions over the years to ATIS and its ability to provide the industry the solutions it needs. His most recent contributions have addressed the critical areas of network optimization, big data analytics and software-defined networking.
In addition, ATIS President and CEO Susan Miller presented ATIS’ Director of Global Standards Development, Steve Barclay with an award to recognize his 20 years of service.