The Telecom Infra Project
The Telecom Infra Project (TIP) is an industry initiative aiming to break open the markets for Wi-Fi hardware, software, and services to reduce costs and increase Wi-Fi network availability.
OPENSOURCE WI-FI RADIO SYSTEM
Can hardware and software for Wi-Fi infrastructure be disaggregated – meaning, can the two be made independent or even open-sourced? If you ask the Wi-Fi subgroup of the Telecom Infra Project (TIP), the answer is yes.
The TIP OpenWi-Fi project is working to remove the lock-in effects of proprietary Wi-Fi hardware, software, and general architectures, with a view to reducing network costs and increasing ubiquity.
Thus far, the collaborative project – which is widely supported by, e.g., Facebook – is mostly working to develop disaggregated residential Wi-Fi service architectures.
OpenWiFi is a community-developed, open-source software for Wi-Fi. It includes both a cloud controller SDK and an Enterprise-grade Access Point (AP) firmware. Both are designed and validated to work seamlessly together.
TIP is also working on improved collaborative schemes to facilitate mobile and Wi-Fi convergence, including Wi-Fi offload.
The work by TIP may lend itself well to reducing the cost and complexity of deploying carrier Wi-Fi networks.