This is the first of a series of calls for innovation, where Swisscom and partner companies are reaching out to find startups and other innovators to solve actual problems and help us with innovative solutions to create greater value for our customers.
Call for Innovation on Next Generation Virtual Telco Functions & Services Startups (SDN/NFV 2.0)
Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) are about to transform and disrupt the network operator industry.
That’s why Swisscom, Telia Company and Proximus, three leading telco providers from across Europe, are jointly issuing this unique Call for Innovation and invite startups and innovators developing "Next Generation Virtual Telco Functions & Services (SDN / NFV 2.0)" to apply until 23 October 2016.
The best startups will be able to pitch their solution in front of an expert jury and have the chance to be selected for a PoC project and future collaboration with all three telcos..
What we are looking for
The topics considered for this call are related to SDN/NFV development within the telecommunication industry. The baseline infrastructure for SDN/NFV is available and is largely based on the de-facto standards and open source-based systems of OpenStack/OPNVF/CloudFoundry. The next steps and next wave of innovations should be using that infrastructure for new networking functions, cloud-native implementation of existing network functions, and new Telco services we could offer in the market.
We are looking for new and innovative network functions and applications in these 4 areas:
- Cloud-native Operation/Business Support Systems: implement existing business support functions in a more agile and more cloud-native manner showing the benefit of the cloud-native paradigm for Operations and Business Support Systems. Additionally, OSS/BSS are based on autonomous operations, self-managing systems, and automatic service assurance, meaning that we want to utilize Data Analytics, Machine Learning and AI capabilities to predict future failures and adopt network operations accordingly.
- Cloud-native Telco Functions: based on the life-cycle of existing network-near functions the following function are of high interest. CGNAT (Carrier-grade NAT), DHCP, DPI (Deep-packet Inspections), BNG (Broadband Network Gateway), PE (Provider Edge) equipment, and communications servers, which provide benefits in the customer experience and improved operation.
- New End-to-end Applications / Services for our customers implemented cloud-natively and require some infrastructure support. They typically span across DC, core network, access network to the customer equipment and have end-to-end service semantics. From a life-cycle perspective of particular interest are new features for our Business Network Services and other enterprise oriented (B2B/B2B2C) services for large, medium, or small enterprises. The goal is to improve our customer's life (enterprise or residential) with new services or new features and applications.
- Access Network Hardware enabling softwareization at the edge of the network with hardware/software or data/control plane splits and mobile edge computing applications. Also we expect much more use of open source hardware in the access network space.
For Proof of Concepts, the technology environment is largely based on OpenStack/OPNVF (Swisscom), CloudFoundry (Swisscom) and VMware (Telia). Other settings can be discussed.
This is why you should apply
We offer potential collaboration for selected startups and would like to start a journey together around a particular next generation telco-service or function. The collaboration ideally develops to the very end and the application is operational on our platform. We commit to go at least up to a joint Proof of Concept project and are willing to publicly showcase the project at the next industry events. We also connect people with our preferred vendors of the baseline platform for eventual re-use or re-distribution of such functionality, if that makes sense.
Application is now closed
Application for our first Call for Innovation is closed since 23 October 2016. We are now evaluating all applications and selected startups will be able to pitch their solution in front of our expert panel on 9 December 2016.
The next Calls for Innovation around other topics of interest will follow soon.
Process towards PoC Projects
The Jury Members
We have selected a jury of relevant experts and decision makers from Swisscom, Telia Company and Proximus, complemented by the following leading industry experts:
Prof. Dr. Laurent Vanbever
ETH Zurich, Dept. of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering
Partner at Wiretap Ventures & SDNCentral.com
Former Executive Director
Open Networking Foundation
Head of Innovations @ Swisscom
Investment Director @ Swisscom Ventures
Head of Network Architecture and Strategy @ Telia Company
Director and Head of GSO Commercial Enterprise @Telia Company
Incubation Manager – TV & Telco cloud | Technology Strategy @ Proximus
Architect NFV/SDN @ Proximus
From Marcus Brunner, Head of Standardization @ Swisscom Ltd