Hello and welcome to the i14y Lab!
We are an open lab in Berlin that will set up the future of telco networks by testing disaggregated mobile & transport networking components.

By hosting interoperability and integration testing events we cater for a range of open ecosystem communities and startups working in the field that may require guidance and support. 

 

 

We accelerate time to market for disaggregated telco systems.

The future of telco networks starts here: an open, collaborative testing environment for disaggregated telco systems. A community facility where international operators, suppliers, startups, academia, and system integrators join forces. Build the future of disaggregated networks with us!

Our vision: Openness for telco networks.

Network disaggregation is the way forward.

Considering the increasing demand for open, flexible, cost-efficient networks, the i14y Lab facilitates the work towards standard compliant network disaggregation – the decoupling of platform software and network functions from the underlying hardware using open interfaces. This fundamentally new way to create telco networks promises to speed up innovation and meet the demands in the long term.

BUILDING THE FUTURE TOGETHER

A strong network of partners, supporters and developers

The i14y Lab is a truly open space hosted by Deutsche Telekom, which is also leading the consortium that runs the lab. The consortium includes three large operators – Vodafone, Telefónica and Deutsche Telekom – and other strong partners from across the industry. Together we test and integrate components for disaggregated network ecosystems to deliver more flexibility, innovation, and choice for all players – accelerating time to market for disaggregated network solutions. 

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 is a world leader in the development of mobile and optical communication networks and systems, fiber optical sensor systems as well as the processing and coding of video signals. It 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 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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Future-proof network solutions for Europe: Partly funded by the German Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport (BMDV).

Together we will grow an ecosystem of disaggregated network solutions in Germany and Europe. The German Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport (BMDV) believes in our vision and supports the i14y Lab with 17 M € funding.

 

This enables us and our partners to collaborate efficiently and to the highest standards. Digitalization requires more flexible and powerful networks – and network disaggregation promises to deliver this for all market players. 

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Let’s foster open telco ecosystem

The i14y Lab helps to accelerate the development of disaggregated network solutions. Different vendor components must be tested and verified for their interoperability and functionality both in smaller set ups as well as end-to-end.

 

Our lab accelerates this process, speeding up the integration and validation of components and prototypes for interoperable telco ecosystems – vendor-independent and open for innovative collaboration.

 

From theory to practice: As a catalyst for progress the i14y Lab provides an end to end testing environment built to the requirements of major telco communities. This way we lower market entry barriers as well as testing costs and accelerate innovation cycles.

We help the telco industry to meet key challenges!

Benefits for operators

You are an operator and would like to approach network optimization, get faster innovation cycles and access to broad results?

  • Faster innovation in broadband communications
  • Cost savings through open standards
  • Plugfests and summits bringing the industry together
  • Integration-test your own solutions
  • Accelerated testing and cost reduction
Benefits for startups

You are a startup that’s looking for a friendly, open space for testing and collaboration? 

You’ve come to the right place: The i14y Lab offers you a modern and easy-to-use infrastructure with open-source tools. Join us and network with key companies of the industry.

●    Networking with major players of the telco industry
●    Optimal environment for testing and integration of components
●    Become part of a new, open ecosystem
●    Remote testing available

Benefits for system integrators

You are a system integrator that's looking for easy access to services of an open lab?

Kick-start your business in a new, open ecosystem, and accelerate time to market for disaggregated telco solutions - via PlugFest participation currently.

●    Remote and on-site testing
●    Environment for component- and end-to-end-integration
●    New business opportunities within the telco industry
●    Future-proof Lab as a Service setup
●    Be part of plugfests and industry gatherings

Benefits for academia and students

You are a student or researcher at a university that seeks to change telecommunications with your thesis?

At the i14y Lab we enable you to work side by side with telco experts. Test innovative prototypes and document the insights in your final papers. Prove your abilities in research projects of the highest level!

●    Cooperation with Technische Universität Berlin
●    Integration of students’ theses
●    Research and exploring innovative prototypes
●    Professional environment with experts of the telco industry

Benefits for associated partners

Do you see yourself to be an associated partner of i14y in future?

Become part of an open telco ecosystem and work on the future of disaggregated networks with the industry leaders, the leading initiatives, and associations.

●    Join the effort to develop open telco standards
●    Test and improve the interoperability of hardware and software components in the ecosystem.
●    Use and support a future-proof lab for testing and integration of disaggregated telco components

Collaborate with us

Support the i14y mission to pioneer an open, interoperable telco ecosystem.