CrowdCell is developing LTE relay architectures to extend indoor coverage with reduced CAPEX and OPEX investment.

Group Structure

Chair: Aitor Garcia (Vodafone)
ITE Lead: Renuka Bhalerao (Facebook)


The CrowdCell Project Group is a 4G Relay concept, whereby an intermediate “Crowd” enabled device relays traffic between a customer UE and the macro network. Its main benefit is to be a rapid and low cost small cell solution thanks to its Plug-and-Play (P&P) concept by means of using the available 4G coverage.

The CrowdCell Project Group focuses on creating a CrowdCell by leveraging General Purpose Processing (GPP) platforms, Software-Defined Radios (SDR) and reference designs for hardware and Open Source software to minimize costs with a “one design” flexible reference platform.

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RFIs for OpenRAN Technology to Help Improve Connectivity

JUNE 20, 2018

TIP launched the OpenRAN Project Group at the TIP Summit 2017 to bring a more flexible approach to Radio Access Network (RAN) equipment design and deployment. Building RAN equipment with open architectures can unlock innovative technologies and new network efficiencies, making it possible to further extend network coverage and to upgrade existing networks.

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Past Events

October 16-17, 2018

ExCel Centre
London, UK

TIP Summit ’18

We attended TIP Summit, in October in London, with several presentations and demos.


October 9-10, 2018

Fiera Roma
Rome, Italy

RAN World 2018

We attended RAN World, in October in Rome, with several presentations and demos.

June 11-15, 2018

London, UK

London Tech Week 2018

TIP vRAN FH over G.Fast at 5G World event in London Tech Week 2018

Thanks to British Telecom, Mavenir and ADVA teams for putting together an end-to-end integration showcasing the TIP vRAN FH initiative. This integration was sponsored by BT at the 5G World event held in London during the week of June 12th. What a great way to demonstrate the progress of TIP technologies! Interesting to note — in a few months, we will be at the same venue for TIP Summit 2018 – looking forward to showcasing the next level version of this integration then.

November 7-8, 2017

Santa Clara Convention Center
Santa Clara, CA

TIP Summit ’17