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What is the Innovation Hub?

The Innovation Hub Program is designed to address the telecom industry’s most critical challenges, bringing together the very best talent from across the global technology sector. Dedicated, collaborative teams will work quickly on priority projects, providing breakthrough, entrepreneurial thinking to deliver business impact and help reignite growth in the telecoms industry.

The Concept

Moving forward, moving faster

Our Hubs will host – both physically and virtually – teams comprised of talent from TM Forum members.
Participating companies contribute a range of expertise and resources to the hub, including experts, physical space, technology capabilities and professional services.

A new way to collaborate

The Innovation Hub initiative builds on the Forum’s successful Catalyst program that has delivered hundreds of innovative, practical solutions to telco challenges over the past decade. Hubs are a new, unique way for the global telecoms industry to collaborate at speed, providing longer-term, dedicated resources to industrialise concepts explored by the Catalysts. The emphasis is on delivering ‘real world’ solutions with immediate business impact: working code and concepts proven in operational or shadow-operational environments.

The pilot

This is a pilot to help us find the best ways of working and the most efficient use of resources. The outcomes are designed to benefit all our members.

  • Testing and iterating TM Forum standards, providing valuable implementation experience to core standards development teams.
  • Accelerating the development of code assets (for example, Open Digital Architecture components and Open APIs)
  • Industrializing concepts explored in the Catalyst program, sharing the learnings with the broader industry

Watch the opening of the first TM Forum Innovation Hub in Navi Mumbai, proudly hosted by Jio, here

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The exponential change stemming from converging technology trends like generative AI, cloud and data transparency gives communications companies an opportunity for meaningful growth beyond connectivity. Our goal with this Innovation Hub collaboration is to help the communications industry explore the technology, data and talent needed to continuously drive innovation and solve problems with new solutions at pace.

KATHLEEN O’REILLY, COMMUNICATIONS, MEDIA AND TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY PRACTICES CHAIR, ACCENTURE
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projects

The Innovation Hub will deliver breakthrough thinking and rapid business impact. Outputs will include hands-on implementation guidance, working code, and important feedback to improve industry standards. All Hub projects aim to positively impact the entire industry.

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innovators

Industry demand for impactful collaboration is greater than ever. Convened around the Innovation Hub, multi-company teams will be able to move at the speed our industry’s transformation requires. Working together on the foremost challenges, these teams will co-create innovative and potentially disruptive solutions for the greater good of our industry.

Shekhar Kulkarni
Lester Thomas
Jen Hawes Hewitt
Govinda Ramaswamy
Prerna Singh
Sigrid Braun
Matt Anderson
Mohit Vaish
Cathal Kennedy
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location

Located in the heart of Navi Mumbai, India, Jio is proud to host the TM Forum Innovation Hub. Nestled in the heart of a city famous for education and business, Jio is India’s fastest growing Telco, and are champions of innovation

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