The i14y Lab Mission

We accelerate time to market for multi-vendor disaggregated telco systems. We do this by creating and providing a vendor independent environment to promote the development of an innovative, open, and interoperable telco ecosystem.

We believe in Openness, Interoperability, Inspiration, Collaboration and Sharing! And we believe the future of telco will be built on open, disaggregated and softwarized infrastructure supported by AI/ML. That is why we have built a future-proof lab with a modular and expandable structure. Its service-oriented architecture based on the idea of a Lab as a Service (LaaS) will make the resources of the lab available as an API.

With interoperability at its heart, the labs name uses a commonly used abbreviation, where the 14 stands for the number of characters left out between the “i” and “y” of the word interoperability.

At the Deutsche Telekom Innovation Campus Winterfeldtstraße in the heart of Berlin, the i14y Lab will provide infrastructure and support for testing and integrating the components of open, disaggregated networks to the wider community working on this topic.

The German Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport (BMDV) supports the i14y Lab with funding because the lab will help to grow an ecosystem of vendors of disaggregated network solutions in Germany and Europe.


The i14y Lab

Funded by the BMDV

The German Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport (BMDV) supports the i14y Lab with 17 M funding because the lab will accelerate time to market for disaggregated network solutions and be of great importance to building an ecosystem of such vendors in Germany and Europe. Digitalization requires more flexible and powerful networks, and network disaggregation promises to deliver more flexibility, innovation, and choice for all market players. The testing and integration work done at the i14y Lab will be crucial to developing the collaboration and the standards required for this open, disaggregated approach.

A Consortium of Partners

i14y Lab is an open lab led and hosted by Deutsche Telekom – operated by a consortium of partners, that will match the funding provided by the BMDV with their own investments over the next 3 years:

BISDN specializes in the development of disaggregated, highly scalable network functions for carrier deployment. COTS (components-off-the-shelf) hardware is used in so-called POD-like architectures. In the Open Lab, BISDN wants to expand the existing competences with regard to real-time supported cloud environments.  

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Capgemini Engineering, integral part of Capgemini Group, is a global leader in partnering with companies to transform and manage their business by harnessing the power of technology. It will provide essential parts of the open testing infrastructure (O-RAN SW Stack) as well as research & development activities. The know-how generated within this undertaking will be incorporated in Capgemini’s portfolio of technology consulting and product development for next generation communication networks.

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Deutsche Telekom AG is taking the lead in the consortium to enable rapid implementation, particularly in the German market, and to allow the results of the project to flow directly into the further development of the Group's networks, platforms and service offerings.

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EANTC, as independent testing consultancy and lab-as-a-service provider, will create and implement test methods in this open lab. In particular, EANTC will enable the automated test framework, and plans to use the project results to expand its own 5G test service portfolio for manufacturers, network operators and enterprises.

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Fraunhofer HHI will use the knowledge gained from the project to maintain its pioneering role in concepts, procedures, and algorithms in the areas of network optimization, artificial intelligence in communication networks and open wireless networks, and use these for technology transfer to industry.

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highstreet technologies will use the standards and software created in this open lab project to expand its integration business regarding xHaul systems and at the same time lay a foundation for the development of applications (rApps).

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At this new open lab, Nokia will pursue the development and integration of third-party Partner xApps in addition to user-plane applications. In an ever-changing mobile operator business environment, the lab provides an opportunity to address the challenges of new services and more complex network implementations as well as testing new approaches to solutions.

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Rohde & Schwarz is a leader in test and measurement for mobile communications. The company supports the technical evolution with expertise and active participation in the O-RAN Alliance to enable a globally harmonized market. With a wide portfolio ranging from component verification through fronthaul conformance to mobile network testing and benchmarking, Rohde & Schwarz helps to drive development, certification, deployment, and operation of Open RAN networks. Through early-stage collaboration with Open Lab partners and customers, Rohde & Schwarz aims at adopting its portfolio in accordance with new test requirements.

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The findings from this open lab in Berlin will be incorporated into the further development of the Telefónica Deutschland network. Telefónica Deutschland also sees the security test in an independent laboratory as a great opportunity to strengthen confidence in the technology among users and decision-makers in politics and business.

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The focus of the scientific work for TU Berlin lies in the areas of cloud/edge computing, distributed sensor data processing, artificial intelligence, security analyses and new security concepts.

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Global supply chains are being stretched and tested worldwide. Open RAN is the key to resilience, innovation, and diversification in the telecoms’ vendor supply chain. With Germany and other major European markets putting their weight behind Open RAN through the establishment of open labs, the technology has reached an inflection point. Through continued industry and political collaboration, Vodafone remains committed to building and supporting the extension of Open RAN labs to other European countries.

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A Place to Test, Validate and Integrate

The Lab

Partners and supporters together are the user forum which is open for participation by other interested companies, such as start-ups, vendors, system integrators, and operators, working on applications as well as equipment and development.

As an open lab it is built for collaboration within the wider telecommunications community. The i14y Lab Berlin will be the central location and core node of satellite locations such as Düsseldorf and Munich. Interoperability and Integration testing will be a core task for the lab.

For network disaggregation to work, open standards must be developed that enable the interoperability of the components. The lab provides:

Plugfests and interoperability tests
a shared technical infrastructure
an inspiring workspace

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Joint European O-RAN & TIP Plugfest 2021: 09.11.–30.11.


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