Technology companies working in the telecom industry have partnered up to launch a worldwide initiative to develop automation projects for towercos and MNOs, called the Tower Automation Alliance.
Born in late 2020 as a partnership of vendors, tech companies and consultants, today gathers a community of more than 100 innovators and specialists working together to promote automation of telecommunications towers and leverage technology to automate several passive infrastructure operations for towerCos and network operators, with the aim of helping them in their path towards digital transformation. “Digitization gives visibility to the tower conditions, improves compliance with regulations and shows what is really on a tower without having to do a site visit or tower climb” noted Vitali Kleban, CTO and Founder of Everynet.
“Tower automation enables new services and revenue streams. Digitization also gives visibility to the tower conditions, improves compliance with regulations and shows what is really on a tower without having to do a site visit or tower climb.”
Among the founding partners of the Tower Automation Alliance are the aforementioned LoRaWAN® powerhouse, Everynet, autonomous drone inspection software company, vHive, Outlocks, the Wi-Key® led smart access control company and Atrebo, the specialist in telco infrastructure management.
The alliance is taking its first steps in describing the initial use cases of automation of infrastructure, covering areas such as digital twin, access management, infrastructure security, green energy and business intelligence, among other explored areas. As part of their collaborative work, its members have already developed and implemented a combined access management prototype solution for a leading operator in South America, and are in conversations to start testing different integrated solutions with several tower companies across Europe.
“In the era where the journey towards digital transformation requires a holistic solution covering numerous domains, the importance of multiple vendors working together is essential. With the TAA, we are connecting with the greatest players in the industry.”
Yariv Geller, CEO of vHive.
As part of the roadmap for the TAA, partners are also directing their efforts to developing a comprehensive specification for the foundation of the next generation infrastructure operations, with the use of IoT network devices, artificial intelligence and an open software, underpinned by the 5G revolution. In this era that requires seamless connectivity, automation projects are a critical part of telecom infrastructure management, ultimately resulting in better network capabilities for operators and end-to-end customer service.
An open alliance.
Originally an initiative from Atrebo, one of the alliance’s founding partners, the TAA is open to new members that can help develop automation prototypes covering both current and potential use cases for towerCos and MNOs across the globe.
In this respect, Luis Del Valle – Chief Revenue Officer for Atrebo, said: “we’re an alliance open to any MNO, towerco or service provider that is eager to participate in the discussion about the needs and requirements to take telecommunication towers to the next level. We are ready to lead telcos on their way to the future.” Any vendor or service provider related to the telecom industry, regardless of whether they specialise in infrastructure management, are encouraged to apply for membership in the Tower Automation Alliance’s website, and start collaborating in the different projects.
The alliance stands out as the only partnership 100% focused on automation of telecommunications infrastructure, as the possibility to expand to network capabilities automation or to other verticals is under consideration for the near future. Members also highlight the fact that the TAA is a cost-free partnership, with no fees deriving from application or membership, as this new era of innovation in the telecom sector requires a highly collaborative environment and every available technology to enable telcos to develop sustainable and forward-looking business models.
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