Studies started in year:
 Projects and Studies


Unified Standardisation Framework for Telecommunication Network Enablers
For further information please contact:

Anastasius Gavras
Programme Manager
Wieblinger Weg 19/4
69123 Heidelberg, Germany

Project Information

What is this Project about?

ICT system integration and applications development in particular for the mobile market has become a complex and challenging task due to the large amount of different standards available from many different standardisation organisations, a growing number of enablers used in service and applications development, and a heterogeneous device and platform market.

Even if some initial framework standards trying to structure the available standards are available they still are limited in scope, which is usually influenced by the historical evolution of the “owning” standards body. Often the standards differ in scope and type ranging from simple standards about terminology to complex groups of standards with detailed interface specifications and test suites.

In addition, the network functionalities, generic enablers, and platforms to be considered in service and applications development are often described by standards that have incompatible interfaces, that cover overlapping or incomplete functionality, or that have non-aligned life-cycles.

In a converging ICT world, in which equipment, enablers and services from different areas of concern have to be integrated one must be able to consolidate the relevant standards and handle them under a single framework.

In particular in the context of Future Internet the construction of large complex systems and the efficient development and deployment of services and applications depends on the consideration, interpretation and use of a large amount of different standards. Currently no standards framework is available to cope with this complexity.

Efficient introduction of new services and applications as for example addressed by the ecosystem of the Wholesale Applications Community (WAC) requires system integration and application development across different domains. Enablers and building blocks were often specified within different standardisation frameworks where different terminologies are used, common interfaces do not exist, and some functionality is missing or redundant. As a result,

  • the service specification is unnecessary complex and time-to-market is different to foresee,
  • the service performance if often impossible to predict,
  • functional modules provided by different standards can not be exchanged, and, thus, a competition between different standardisation organisations is blocked,
  • and, therefore, a smooth evolution of existing systems based on a replacement of small functional blocks is difficult, and,
  • the currently developed Future Internet vision is missing a specification and implementation framework.

This study aims to significantly simplify system integration by providing a framework for standards. The framework (“meta-standard”) provides a landscape of existing standards and proprietary solutions, specifies inter-standard interfaces, fills functional holes between standards and resolves conflicting definition of interfaces. The standards framework will also provide a reference for the currently ongoing Future Internet discussions and developer communities as WAC by allowing defining functionalities that can part-by-part be added to or implemented in the existing standard frameworks.

With this solution, system integration will become more efficient, competition not only between vendors but also between standards will be enforced, innovation will be supported (since pieces in the landscape can more easily be replaced) and, at the same time, investments will be protected since it is easier to replace just the weakest pieces in the landscape.

The study will provide a simple and unified specification framework for all functionalities needed to describe the Future Internet, and will thereby provide the tools required to specify and implement it.

What are the main objectives of this Project?

The definition of the landscape will consider data transport, user-to-operator, and operator-to-operator interaction and the underlying functionalities.

Due to the complexity of the overall problem, this study will address the above defined objective for exemplary use cases that will be identified at the start of the study.

  • Phase 1
    • Identification of basic enablers and functionalities required by existing services and new services as well as future internet visions including the integration of M2M, body area, and ad hoc networks, micro-operators, broadcast and satellite networks etc,
    • Analysis of interfaces between enablers and functionalities. Conflicts between the interfaces of available functionalities will be identified.
  • Phase 2
    • Based on use case analysis (e.g., application fields), basic functionalities will be identified. Interfaces between these functionalities will be defined (taking legacy into account).
    • A classification and framework for the interfaces between the defined basic functionalities will be specified.
Project Results
Deliverable Title  No Issue date
Unified Telecommunications Enabler Framework D1 May 2011
Presentation slides (general part and standardisation specific part) D2 January 2011
Conference publication, scientific paper D3 external schedule