The Innovation Hub
programme is needed now
Put simply, industry demand for impactful collaboration is greater than ever. Our industry urgently needs to get fit – simplifying, modernizing, and automating – to meet new customer needs and seize new growth opportunities.
Innovation Hubs represent a new style of multi-company collaboration that captures agile, entrepreneurial thinking, free from the normal constraints of large corporate environments – able to move at speed through its dedicated resourcing. Hub projects will take on intractable industry challenges, or issues where a genuine ‘plan B’ is needed.
Accelerating the creation of modular, componentized, cloud-native software to replace traditional BSS and OSS in line with the ODA principles and policies by creating the Reference Implementation(s) of the ODA Canvas, and associated services, on which ODA Components will run.
Developing the TMF Guru: a GenAI/LLM conversational search-solution capability simplifying and improving how members and visitors find relevant material digitally, with the creation of an architecture blueprint that outlines how GenAI technology can be seamlessly integrated into the Telco landscape (addressing challenges related to security, privacy, accuracy, performance, and scalability).
Developing services, tools, capabilities and a framework to manage fraudulent connectivity in a standardized way and exploring the possibility of creating a Routing Verification Service, in order to build real trust between service providers and their customers.
How will the Innovation Hub interact with other labs projects
Innovation Hub projects are a new way of collaborating for the Industry that act as an extension of TM Forum’s existing collaboaration capabilities. The globally-disparate resources from member companies are dedicated to Hub projects on a full-time basis, and co-located where practical, allowing for breakthrough thinking at a speed previously not possible.
We expect Hub projects to test and iterate relevant standards, propose improvements, extensions, or new standards. For output from the Innovation Hub to become a TM Forum standard it has to be contributed into the relevant Collaboration project, where it will undergo the normal validation process of team approval and then member approval before formally becoming a TM forum standard, or published under Apache 2.0 by agreement of the project leads.
We anticipate many Hub projects will be inspired by Catalyst rapid proof-of-concept projects but be capable of industrialising concepts explored by the Catalysts through longer-term, dedicated resources.
How do I get involved?
To get involved, you need you company to contact TM Forum as all signups will be at the company level. This is because The Innovation Hub does, by its nature, put a small demand on resources which need to be agreed at the company level.
How will the Innovation Hubs benefit TM Forum members and Industry?
The outcomes of Innovation Hub projects will benefit the entire TM Forum membership, and the wider industry in several ways:
- Providing a new way for the industry to collaborate at speed, solving intractable industry challenges with ‘real’ results that can be practically implemented – including working code or concepts proven at scale in operational or shadow-operational environments
- 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) to be contributed towards TM Forum collaboration projects
- Industrializing concepts explored in the Catalyst program, sharing the learnings with the broader industry
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.
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