SCOPE Alliance is a group of leading Network Equipment Providers (NEPs) that formed in early 2006 to promote an ecosystem that produces components of Carrier-Grade Base Platforms (CGBPs). The SCOPE Alliance develops applicable profiles (subsets) of existing CGBP component standards and specifications and identifies gaps in these specifications. At the time of its inception, there was a gap in the marketplace of open architecture and interface specifications and/or missing required feature(s) within one platform area which might create fragmentation in the supplier sector by allowing different incompatible implementations to be developed; which could be costly to end users. SCOPE Alliance developed gap analyses and white papers and technical position papers to help industry gain better insight into the technical advancements and future direction relating to CGBPs.
SCOPE Alliance analyzed the marketplace and made recommendations on how to fill some of these gaps. By identifying common features that are important for NEPs, SCOPE Alliance’s thought leadership enabled improved interoperability and a real multi-vendor ecosystem. NEPs benefited with a faster time to market, investment protection, increased product life cycle, high availability, and environmental standard compliance. Additionally, Service Providers were able to accelerate service deployment on a stable and flexible platform with confidence, due to the fact that the platform building blocks were all consistent with SCOPE profiles, which allowed integration of the carrier grade features required by Service Providers.
This professional organization included members and suppliers from the leading telecom companies, Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Huawei, Motorola, NEC, Nokia Siemens Networks, Nortel and their major suppliers.
Past achievements include:
Because SCOPE Alliance succeeded in accomplishing its chartered mission, the Board of Directors has elected to scale back the organization’s activities and go into a “Hibernation Mode” for a period effective January 1st, 2012.
According to the Chairman of SCOPE Alliance, Huawei, Timo Jokiaho, “SCOPE Alliance has played a pivotal role in dictating the future direction of CGBPs. Through the collaboration of its members and our suppliers, SCOPE Alliance has generated industry relevant gap analyses, technical whitepapers, profiles, and case studies; in addition we defined the standard terminology and methods for consistency within the ecosystem. Now that the marketplace has been defined and the standards are adopted throughout the industry, SCOPE Alliance has elected to hibernate the organization for a set period. We thank all members for their past contributions.”
Its mission is to help, enable and promote the availability of open carrier grade base platforms based on Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) hardware / software and Free Open Source Software (FOSS) building blocks, and to promote interoperability to better serve Service Providers and consumers.