2014第三期by OMA | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
OMA Technical Plenary Chair Address – Francesco Vadalà
Welcome to the third quarterly newsletter of 2014.
You may have noticed on the OMA website the news about NTT Docomo and their Device Connect WebAPI, intended to enable smartphone apps and web content to control various wearables for healthcare and other applications, as well as collecting data from these devices. Max Hata of NTT Docomo presented this technology at the OMA meeting in June this year at our Monday morning Looking Forward session.
This is a good example provided by NTT Docomo of a new way of doing standardization in the new ecosystem we have today for the Service Layer. This activity is related to the OMA GotAPI (Generic Open Terminal API Framework), a Work Item ongoing in OMA, championed by AT&T and supported by Bell Mobility, Huawei, Telecom Italia and China Unicom. Recently NTT Docomo joined the activity and is strongly contributing to the work, with great results as shown by the news.
The way NTT Docomo is contributing, also confirmed by the news mentioned above, illustrates how the challenges that the Service Layer ecosystem is facing have to be addressed:
- Focus on innovation and differentiation;
- Developer tools in an “open mobile” and programmable service environment;
- A common code base that can accelerate deployment;
- New market segments.
Definitely the most challenging task that OMA is pursuing is to proactively and dramatically drive and consolidate its own evolution in order to fit the “Everything Is Connected” ecosystem (dominated by OTT – Over the Top).
I would like to take this chance to invite you to the upcoming Forward Looking session taking place on November 3nd in Shanghai where we will hear about Service Layer requirements in mHealth from Continua as well as Service Layer requirements coming from China. For more information see Next OMA Meeting – Shanghai.
“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change” (Charles Darwin).
OMA Looks at Services Requirements For Next Generation Networks
By Bryan Sullivan, OMA Board Vice-chairman
So what’s next on the horizon for OMA’s future vision? Interesting times!
A key focus in 2015 will undoubtedly be Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), as it both provides significant opportunities to network operators and vendors alike to rapidly develop and deploy a new generation of services, while spotlighting the need for current service standards to be evolved for sustainable deployability in virtualized networks. This latter need arises from the fact that while there is a lifecycle arc to services and the standards that underlie them, many of the standards supporting services that users are just now beginning to enjoy (e.g. RCS), are themselves just beginning what will likely be a 10+ year process of deployment, scaling, and growth toward maturity. Thus balancing the disruptive opportunity created by NFV for agility and cost effectiveness, with the responsibility to provide a stable service architecture evolution path for existing services, is a challenge that we can expect OMA to embrace in 2015 and the coming years.
During the Looking Forward Session at our upcoming meeting in Shanghai, I will present an input on what we see as the way forward for OMA’s “legacy” work. The second key topic is related to the first and will address the fact that OMA is the only viable venue for standardizing service layer virtualization, at least for services based upon OMA Enablers. And the time for working on that is now, as I expect to see mobility data core VNFs hitting the market soon, and increasing pressure to virtualized OMA Enabler deployments, with the risk of fragmentation if we don’t consider how to do it in advance. As part of that I will introduce a new work item proposal for guidelines on the use of TOSCA/YANG models in the OMA Architecture, with some example VNFs being focused on in the process (e.g. SUPL).
Finally, I’d like to draw your attention to a project OMA has taken up to help guide us in defining our new work items. OMA has launched a project to help our industry understand the Service Layer implications of the changes likely to arise from the introduction of NFV and SDN technologies at the Network Layer.
OMA has engaged the research firm Strategy Analytics to help us define the scope and content of a white paper that will provide a summary of how those changes may affect our work. Many OMA companies are actively engaged in charting their own course in this in the new NFV landscape. We are taking our members’ opinions of the changing landscape into account as we produce this study. To achieve that goal, we invited all OMA members to participate in a survey that Strategy Analytics has developed to help us calibrate the information they have gathered from their primary research sources.
Many OMA companies participated in the survey. If you did not participate, but would like to be counted, please register your interest at the following registration page: http://openmobilealliance.hs-sites.com/oma-services-2020-project. We will try to accommodate your responses in the time we have left. Information from the individual survey results will remain confidential although the aggregate information will be used in the report. All participants and all OMA members will receive a copy of the report when it is completed later this year.
OMA Introduces Hybrid Meetings to Allow for Remote Participation
The Open Mobile Alliance has introduced hybrid meetings to the quarterly OMA face-to-face Technical Plenary (TP) and Working Group (WG) meetings. Through hybrid meetings, individuals from member companies can join the TP and WG meetings using GoToMeeting.
Remote participants from OMA member companies can join the meeting via their laptop and view the meeting slides and other documents as they are being presented on-screen in the face-to-face meeting. They can listen in to the discussion and ask questions via a speaker system setup located in the meeting room. Additionally, remote participants have the option to dial into the meeting using their phone for the audio portion of the meeting.
OMA staff introduced the hybrid meeting concept to allow members more options for participation in OMA meetings. When delegates find themselves unable to travel for business or personal reasons, hybrid meetings allow them to participate in sessions where their input is critical. Additionally, this allows companies to bring in subject matter experts for portions of a meeting where their particular expertise is needed. Hybrid meetings are also a great option for small or start-up companies who may not have the engineering staff to send to a full week of face-to-face meetings.
Trials of the hybrid meetings began at the June OMA face-to-face meeting and continued during the August face-to-face meeting in Montreal. Member company delegates who have participated remotely report that, while hybrid meetings can’t substitute for all of the valuable interaction at an OMA meeting, they feel they are 70-80% as effective in the WG meetings as they are when they attend in person.
OMA ARC, OMA DM, OMA REQ, OMA REL, OMA COM PCPS and OMA COM EVC Working Group meetings will all be hybrid meetings during the upcoming OMA face-to-face meetings in Shanghai November 3-7. Other WG Chairs can request hybrid meeting capability for their WG by contacting Megan Leonard at email@example.com.
OMA Speaks and Exhibits at SDI and PTExpo
OMA was once again given opportunity to take center stage in September to demonstrate how open specifications benefit the mobile value chain at both Service Delivery Innovation Summit in London and PT Expo Comm in Beijing.
OMA had two presentations at the 10th anniversary Service Delivery Innovation (SDI) Summit in London. Senior OMA representatives, Eshwar Pittampalli, Francesco Vadalà and Joaquin Prado addressed delegates in two separate talks, the first, on how standards will play a part in expediting the roll out of services within next generation networks and the second on transforming the M2M market.
“Network of the future – Market need and its influence on services standards” was the topic for Eshwar Pittampalli and Francesco Vadalà who spoke on Wednesday 17th September. This presentation addressed the need for a functional service layer within next generation networks to enable operators to generate the increased efficiencies and revenues promised by these technologies and how standards will play a part in this. Also on Wednesday 17th September, “The Role of Standardization in M2M/IOT’ was addressed by Joaquin Prado. This presentation addressed the challenges and opportunities of M2M and the Internet of Things (IOT), including innovation trends, standards and commercialization.
Eshwar Pittampalli, Director of Market Development at OMA said, “For operators to expedite the realization of revenues within next generation networks there needs to be standardization at the service layer from the start. When the early 3G networks were rolled out it took carriers time to generate service revenue based on the early networks. We welcome any companies and SDO’s to help us at OMA to work towards this.”
Joaquin Prado, Director of Technical Programs at OMA said, “The M2M/IoT market is still in its infancy. Experts across different domains strengthen the importance of developing IoT standards. These standards are poised to create a level playing field where innovation can occur. There are voices calling for less standardization in this area, but through my talk I will address the challenges and opportunities and how for mass market adoption to take place the need for standardization has never been greater.”
During the PT Expo Comm in Beijing, visitors to the OMA booth were given access to some pioneering hands-on demonstrations from Red Bend Software and Comverse that showed open specifications play a part in the next generation of mobile services.
Red Bend showed how every line of software code in the connected car—from head unit to in-vehicle infotainment system to all ECUs, can be managed remotely, over-the-air with 100 percent reliability and security. Leveraging OMA DM industry standards and proven technology, Red Bend demonstrated its latest innovations in Type-1 virtualization and our OMA DM SCOMO based OTA software management solution.
The Comverse demo focused on the roadmap of the service experience into the future, demonstrating how to accelerate service provider progress along their IP evolution path, leveraging their key assets to become an integral part of their subscribers’ digital world. It showcased capabilities that the telecom industry must offer to maintain viability including cross-device, cross-platform, conversation centric, multi-tasking, search within conversation history, easy group management and more.
Also during PR Expo Comm, Ma Weidong of Huawei represented the OMA and spoke as part of the 4G (LTE) China Development Summit.
“As part of my presentation at the 4G China Development Summit I addressed how OMA is working towards standardization at the service layer to help the rollout of next generation networks. If we are to minimize the divide between network rollout and the availability of standardized services we believe we need to standardize the service layer now, so operators can start to realize revenues sooner,” said Ma Weidong of Huawei. “OMA is focusing attention on the China market to demonstrate how OMA specifications can help many companies in China who are currently expanding their reach globally.”
Next OMA Meeting – Shanghai
The final face-to-face meeting of 2014 for OMA members will take place from November 3 to 7, 2014 at the Westin Bund Center hotel in Shanghai, China. OMA members will come together for our Annual General Meeting, which includes the election of new OMA Board members, in addition to the “Looking Forward” Session and Leadership Meeting on Monday, the Board of Directors meeting on Wednesday, the Technical Plenary session on Friday, and Working Group meetings taking place throughout the week. On Monday morning, OMA will host several Chinese companies, among others, at the “Looking Forward” session. Coming off of a successful PT Expo event in Beijing at the end of September, OMA is using this momentum to include these companies in Shanghai and some will present to the OMA membership on the current Chinese market and requirements.
The deadline for members to pre-register to attend the Shanghai meeting has already passed, but you can still attend! On-site registration will be available beginning Sunday, November 2nd from 15:30 to 17:30 and continuing throughout the week. Members can find registration hours as well as the full meeting agenda and meeting room assignments here: http://member.openmobilealliance.org/ftp/Plenary/Shanghai2014/index.html.
New to the OMA meetings or need a refresher course? OMA staff invites you to attend the New Member Orientation meeting on Sunday, November 2nd from 17:00 to 19:00. Please confirm your interest in attending with Megan Leonard at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Questions? Email OMA Event Manager, Megan Leonard.
During the third quarter of 2014, OMA Board of Directors approved the documents listed below.
Push-to-Communicate for Public Safety V1.0 Enabler Release Package
Enabler and Reference Release
Software and Application Control Management Object V1.0 Enabler Release Package
Enabler Test Specification, Test File Package and Enabler Validation Plan
Secure User Plane Location V2.0.2 Enabler Test Specification
Enabler and Reference Release
Dynamic Navigation V1.1 Enabler Release Package
Enabler Test Specification, Test File Package and Enabler Validation Plan
Lightweight Machine to Machine V1.0 Enabler Validation Plan
New Work Items
The following has been approved as a new OMA Work Item (WID) in Q3 2014.
- WID 0305 – RESTful Network API for Zonal Presence V1.0
Congratulations to the follow people elected in Q3 of 2014:
- Jerry Shih of AT&T, elected as Chair of the Communications Working Group (COM)
Upcoming Industry Events
Broadband World Forum
21-23 October 2014 / Amsterdam, Netherlands
Telematics West Coast Conference
30-31 October 2014 / San Diego, California, USA
2-5 November 2014 / Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
LTE World Series: LTE Africa
11-13 November 2014 / Cape Town, South Africa
Apps World – Discover the Future of Multi-Platform Apps
12-13 November 2014 / London, UK
10th Annual Mobile Device Management Forum
17-18 November 2014 / Berlin, Germany
LTE World Series: LTE North America
18-20 November 2014 / Dallas, Texas, USA
OMA would like to welcome the following companies who have joined during Q3 2014!
For more information on OMA membership and a complete list of OMA members, please visit http://openmobilealliance.org/membership/.
Membership Renewals Season Kicks-off in November
It is that time of year once again! OMA will soon be sending out membership renewal notices to our member companies’ heads of delegation and billing contacts. These notices will be mailed on November 17, 2014. OMA truly appreciates the work of all of our member companies and would like to see 100% renewals for 2015.
If you know that your company’s primary or billing contact has changed, please contact Michelle Janata at email@example.com with that information. In addition, you can find lots of useful information about renewing your membership on our OMA Renewals Webpage.
We are looking forward to working with you again in 2015!