The Telecom Infra Project, a consortium of companies working on open-source hardware and software with no lesser aim than the development of a truly open and inter-operative telecommunications system, has announced a new executive director: Attilio Zani.
Officially announced during the Mobile World Congress event in 2016 by founding partner Facebook, and designed to support the Open Compute Project, the Telecom Infra Project aims to open and disaggregate three core areas of modern telecommunications: access, backhaul, and core & management, with everything from open cellular systems to open optical broadband network systems.
Now boasting more than 500 companies and 13 project groups, TIP boasts considerable progress towards its goals: from the launch of mmWave and applied machine learning project groups to the development of open-hardware base stations with solar capabilities, the creation of community labs, and live trails including deployment of a ‘whitebox’ optical network system by Vodafone, TIP has ticked off a number of major milestones and proven both the interest in and feasibility of a more open, collaborative telecommunications infrastructure.
The appointment of Attilio Zani as executive director comes with the promise of more growth to come. “As TIP executive director, Mr. Zani will help the organisation drive growth and impact by working closely with the Board of Directors, Technical Committee, Project Group Chairs and members of the community to realise our goal of accelerating the pace of innovation in the telecom industry,” explains TIP chair Axel Clauberg.
“As a long time believer in the positive impact of global connectivity, I am honoured to be working with such a dedicated and effective ecosystem of companies,” Zani says of his appointment to the role, which follows 12 years at the GSM Association (GSMA). “I look forward to getting to know our members and pushing towards meaningful results together.”