SCOPE Alliance Closes its Operations 1 November 2015


SCOPE Alliance has succeeded in accomplishing its chartered mission, thus the Board of Directors of the Alliance has elected to close the organization’s activities effective November 1st, 2015.

SCOPE Alliance is a group of leading Network Equipment Providers (NEPs) that was formed in early 2006 to promote an ecosystem that produces components of Carrier-Grade Base Platforms (CGBPs). The SCOPE Alliance has developed applicable profiles (subsets) of existing CGBP component standards and specifications and identified 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 has 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 has 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 enable improved interoperability and a real multi-vendor ecosystem. NEPs will benefit of a faster time to market, investment protection, increased product life cycle, high availability, and environmental standard compliance. Additionally, Service Providers are able to accelerate service deployment on a stable and flexible platform with confidence, due to the fact that the platform building blocks are all consistent with SCOPE profiles, which allow integration of the carrier grade features required by Service Providers.

In the years of active operations SCOPE Alliance included members /suppliers from the leading telecom companies, Alcatel, Ericsson, Huawei, Lucent, Motorola, NEC, Nokia Networks, Nortel, Siemens, and their major suppliers.

Past achievements include:

·         Use cases on Middleware and virtualization

·         Standard terminology and methods for NEPs for consistency within the ecosystem

·         CGOS and Linux Gap Analyses

·         White papers on virtualization for carrier-grade telecommunications solutions

·         Workshops on Cloud Computing in telecom

·         Benchmarking recommendations so that CGBP middleware could interoperate across multiple platforms.

·         Multiple case studies and environmental profiles

·         Position paper for industry

According to the Chairman of SCOPE Alliance, Tero Mustala, Nokia Networks, “SCOPE Alliance has played a pivotal role in dictating the future direction of CGBPs. Through the collaboration of its members, SCOPE Alliance has generated industry relevant gap analyses, technical whitepapers, profiles, and case studies; in addition we have defined the standard terminology and methods for consistency within the ecosystem. Now the marketplace has been defined and the standards are adopted throughout the industry.

Finally, I want to thank everybody who has contributed in the work of SCOPE. We would never had succeeded with this important work unless we had received vital and broad support of our joint supplier communities in the work ”