In this Issue:

The Open Web Alliance

Technology Development: TOPS

 

SDN/NFV

 

The All-IP Transition

  IP Services Interconnect
  ATIS-SIP Forum IP-NNI Task Force `
  IP Transition of Public Safety Related Applications
 

Leveraging Network Intelligence

Recent Standards, Solutions and Issues-Focused Dialogues

 

Addressing the All-IP Transition

 

The Future of Numbering

  SMS to 800
  Input to FCC on Toll-Free Issues
 

OBF Streamlines Ethernet Ordering

 

Advancing Content Delivery to Mobile Devices

 

Emergency Services Advances

 

Text to 9-1-1

 

National Security/Emergency Preparedness Communications

 

Hearing Aid Compatibility Group

ATIS Workspace Launch

The 2014 Annual Meeting of the Committees Recap

 

 

   

 

 
 

President's Message

Susan Miller

 

This issue of ATIS Update reports on ATIS’ recent work to advance our exciting 2014 agenda. Collaboration is central to our recent accomplishments. I’m especially pleased to tell you about the launch of the Open Web Alliance. Through this initiative, ATIS is bringing together a broad variety of entities including international service providers, privacy advocacy groups, industry consortiums, over-the-top players and others to address the network management challenges presented by the SPDY protocol which will be standardized into HTTP 2.0 later this year.

You’ll also learn of our successful collaborations including the ATIS-SIP Forum IP-NNI Joint Task Force, which is developing a detailed, protocol-level IP-NNI specification for voice service, and our work with the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) to develop an international specification to support worldwide Ethernet ordering standard.  

This issue also informs you how recent initiatives of the Technology and Operations Council as well as our committees and forums play a pivotal role in addressing challenges including the increasing programmability of our networks, the All-IP transition and more.
A targeted agenda driven by an aggressive schedule is delivering the results you’ll read about here. I hope you enjoy learning how ATIS is advancing the ICT industry's transformation and helping our member organizations address their leading business priorities.

Sincerely,

President & CEO
Susan M. Miller

   

Welcome New ATIS Members

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Upcoming Events:

LightReading's Big Telecom Event 2014
June 17 - 18, 2014

ATIS Board members represented as speaker on Next-Gen Tech Meets Business Logic keynote.

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OSP Expo 2014: Connect. Discover. Engage. Learn.
September 30 - October 2, 2014
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Don't miss the industry-leading telecom trade show for today's rapid wireless and wireline network evolution. Telecom network professionals from more than 40 countries worldwide come for wall-to-wall activity including field trips, live demos, actionable education, thought leadership, commanding keynotes, face-to-face networking and infrastructure solutions shopping.

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The Open Web Alliance

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.

Technology Development: TOPS Council Focus Groups

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:
  • Launched in January, the Council’s SDN/NFV Focus Group is addressing two near-term objectives.  One is to gain practical experience with how to use SDN through service chaining multiple functions together across multiple service providers. This work also is assessing the NFV landscape to identify how complimentary industry activities fit together and opportunities currently not being addressed by other SDOs.
  • Paralleling this effort, ATIS’ Board of Directors has identified several opportunities for ATIS to play a key leadership role in the industry’s SDN/NFV transformation, and has formed an ad hoc group to continue this business analysis.  This group recommends focusing not on specialized functions, but rather on a set of software primitives that would allow generalized virtual functions to be managed, moved and chained across providers.

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
Comprehensively addressing one of the most high-impact evolutions in industry history
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The TOPS Council’s work is providing leadership in virtually all aspects of the IP transition. Specifically, it is involved in fostering interconnection protocols, templates and processes that are consistent and widely deployed across the industry. The All-IP transition is a standing topic for the TOPS Council. This allows the industry’s most pressing transition-related challenges to be discussed and addressed as they emerge. The need to address the public safety-related aspects of the transition came to light through this dialogue. You will learn more about this work in the following section. So far this year the Council is also focusing on the following transition-related topics:

IP Services Interconnect. A nexus for advancing the industry’s critical IP interconnection work. Launched in January, the IP Services Interconnect Focus Group is defining 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 work scope includes addressing forward-looking services such as HD voice, video, messaging and data. The Focus Group has largely completed its investigation into HD video, and has begun to delve into the use cases and industry standards activity available to HD voice. June 2014 is the target date for publication of the completed white paper.

ATIS and SIP Forum Launch Joint Task Force on IP-NNI. A partnership providing tools to achieve a standardized IP-based network-to-network interconnection between service providers. In January, ATIS and the SIP Forum announced formation of a Joint Task Force to fully specify an IP communications network-to-network interface (IP-NNI) that would provide common interconnection between all North American service providers. The ATIS/SIP Forum IP-NNI Task Force, including representatives from the ATIS Packet Technologies and Systems Committee, is currently developing a detailed, protocol-level IP-NNI specification for one service – voice. The initial work includes a “routing” architecture and a detailed comparison of existing IP-NNI specifications to identify the similarities and differences. June 2014 has been targeted for an initial readout to progress a routing framework and IP interconnect protocol. To join the Task Force, contact Jim McEachern, Senior Technology Consultant, ATIS.

IP-Transition of Public Safety-Related Applications Task Force (PSRA-TF)
Advancing emergency services communication in the IP world.
The PSRA-TF was formed to address the migration of supporting infrastructure associated with public safety.  Among other activities, it will:

  • Develop a list of applications for in-depth discussion, including alarm circuits to police and fire departments as well as circuits supporting public utility communications.
  • Inventory, assess and propose recommendations for identified applications, as well as examine the various issues impacting transition.
  • Conduct outreach with the relevant industry groups and governing bodies to aid in the transition to All-IP.
  • Survey the landscape to solidify the target list of applications, and collect detailed input towards the assessment of each application.

Leveraging Network Intelligence
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.
 

Recent Standards, Solutions and Issue-Focused Dialogues

Addressing the All-IP Transition

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.
  • Dr. Schulzrinne provided a technology transition update focusing on where policy issues intersect. He noted that several issues anticipated for the future include public safety, robocalls and transitioning away from services that are now outdated.
  • Some aspects of the user experience that must be retained include the universality, public safety and quality provided by current networks and services.
  • Addressing robocalls and furthering NG9-1-1 are two items that should be progressed rapidly.
  • A potential future IP landscape was noted. Attendees were asked to consider how to create a system that allows VoIP to progress independently of legacy services.
  • The illegal use of robocalls is a nuisance to consumers and service providers, and filters could help alleviate this activity.
  • All citizens should be able to reach 911 reliably with precise location provided over a resilient network that allows media via a direct or mediated service.  Given that approximately 70% of emergency calls are placed indoors, multiple location technologies may need to be integrated to also ensure indoor location accuracy.

Access Dr. Schulzrinne’s “Tech Transition Update” (2 MB dowload) as presented at AMOC.

The Future of Numbering

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). 

  • Most recently he participated in the May 2014 INC meeting, which was held as part of the ATIS Annual Meeting of the Committees in Denver. At this meeting, he noted the high-level functional requirements ATIS INC filed in an ex parte in March 2014, and indicated that additional detail on each of the items would be useful.  Additionally, he invited INC to share their experiences with him regarding numbering changes and provide any insight on best practices that should be considered or other lessons learned. 
  • At INC’s February 2014 meeting, Dr. Schulzrinne discussed proposed FCC numbering workshop(s) and numbering testbed. INC representatives supported the workshop(s) and the open and voluntary testbed, noting that the industry has significant experience in establishing testbeds associated with key network functions. INC further noted that the industry has already developed a significant number of Best Practices and guidelines related to numbering.  In addition, ATIS filed an ex parte with the FCC outlining INC’s 11 high-level functional requirements for a numbering testbed.
  • At INC’s December 2013 meeting, Dr. Schulzrinne presented his “2020 Vision for Telephone Numbers,” which addressed: Will there still be phone numbers and for what, including 10-digit dialing and dialing plans; geographic numbering and universal portability; trying out new ideas with a numbering testbed; and more. ATIS INC members may access the full presentation here.

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.

SMS to 800

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.

SNAC Provides Input to FCC on Toll Free Issues

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:
  • Direct transfers of toll free numbers 
  • The need to accommodate geographic routing during PSTN transition 
  • CPNI rules and toll free services
  • New rules to encourage efficient use of or access to toll free numbers
  • Averting premature exhaust of toll free numbers, as well as other issues 

Learn more.

OBF and Metro Ethernet Forum Develop International Ethernet Ordering Standard

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.

Advancing Content Delivery to Mobile Devices

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.

Emergency Services Work Advances in 2014

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. 

  • A current effort is modifying ATIS-0700015 to support multimedia emergency services (MMES) and the full multimedia experience (e.g., simultaneous text, voice, pictures, and video).
  • An implementation guide is being developed that explains, in plain language, the IP to NG9-1-1 interfaces to help the public safety community understand the operational impact of ATIS-0700015 as compared to existing originating network functionality.  This resource will give public safety professionals the needed insight to manage and maintain day-to-day operational changes based on IMS originated calls.

Furthering ATIS’ Text to 9-1-1 Standards Work

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).

Next Generation National Security/Emergency Preparedness Communications

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. 

Ad Hoc Group on Hearing Aid Compatibility Under Consideration

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 ablasgen@atis.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 sbarclay@atis.org.

ATIS Workspace Launch

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.

Annual Meeting of the Committees 2014

 

 

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.

A first at AMOC, the CTO of the FCC addressed the ATIS membership at the Joint ATIS AMOC Meeting on ATIS Strategic Priorities and All-IP Transition Initiatives.  For more on the specific points covered in Dr. Schulzrinne’s address, click here.

Leveraging the forces of collaboration, AMOC also was the home to several joint committee meetings where important work to address our industry’s most pressing issues took place:

  • The NGIIF and PTSC Joint Meeting on Next Generation Network Government Emergency Telecommunications Service, IP Transition and Robocalling
  • The Ordering and Billing Forum & Metro Ethernet Forum Joint Meeting to progress Ethernet ordering
  • Multiple emergency services activities spanning multiple ATIS committees (PTSC, WTSC, ESIF)

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.

Seven individuals received an ATIS Achievement Award. This award is presented to individuals in an ATIS Committee, Forum or Technology and Operations Council (TOPS) initiative who, during the past year, have provided valuable contributions to the completion of ATIS solutions and standards that meet the industry’s needs. The 2014 recipients are: Margaret Livingston of TrideaWorks, Dawn Kaplan of Ericsson, Rick Canaday of AT&T, Greg Schumacher of Sprint Corporation, Mary Retka of CenturyLink, Hala Mowafy of Ericsson and Ken Biholar of Alcatel-Lucent.

The Award for Leadership in Standards Development is given to ATIS Forum or Committee leaders responsible for one or more major initiatives and whose vision and leadership over the past 12 months have resulted in the creation of ATIS solutions that meet the industry’s standardization needs in a timely and productive manner. The recipient of this award is Christian Militeau of Intrado, Chair of the Next Generation Emergency Services subcommittee of the Emergency Services Interconnection Forum, for progressing critical next generation 9-1-1 solutions.

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.

ATIS wishes to thank AT&T, Qualcomm, Sprint and Verizon for their AMOC 2014 sponsorship.

     
 
 

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