OMA 2013 Newsletter Volume 1by OMA | Thursday, April 25, 2013
2013 Volume 1
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OMA Technical Plenary Chair Address – Francesco Vadalà
Welcome to the first quarterly newsletter of 2013!
Last year marked the 10th anniversary of the Open Mobile Alliance. During its 10 years, OMA has brought, and continues to bring, value to the mobile industry, which has evolved beyond what we could have imagined back in the 2G world into which OMA was born.
We all know very well that the services ecosystem has changed significantly in recent years. 2010 and 2011 were the years of the always-on connectivity explosion, due to the diffusion of smartphone devices. More recently we have seen the explosion of tablets, with OTT (Over-The-Top) players becoming increasing relevant to the consumer and smartphones shifting focus from the network to downloadable applications. But such applications are often unable to take advantage of network resources and capabilities that operators can offer and consequently applications’ behavior, with respect to wireless network capabilities exploitation, is often not rational and left to chance, resulting in less quality, less customer satisfaction and waste of wireless resources. OMA is working on a set of enablers (such as Always Online Infrastructure, REST NetAPI QoS, Device Apps Network Efficiency), which all together will define a framework to allow mobile operators to offer their networks to OTT players as intelligent networks instead of dumb pipes. Much of this work is expected in 2013, and the complete solution will allow network operators to face the challenge of a new smartphone era.
In previous newsletters, we have mentioned Machine-to-Machine communications (M2M) as one of the recognized strategic items for OMA. OMA has developed, and is developing, several enablers that will fit into M2M scenarios in different ways—from the Client Profile of OMA Device Management v1.3 to LightwightM2M.
Additionally, OMA is continuing its API Program, an activity aimed at standardizing interfaces to expose device capabilities and network resources to any developer community in an open, programmable and secure way. The OMA API program is gathering interest and being used by the industry at large.
Live examples of OMA activities were shown at the OMA Demo Day held at Mobile World Congress on Wednesday February 27, 2013. OMA members showed next generation mobile technologies with presentations and demonstrations including Huawei, Telecom Italia, Interop Technologies, Comverse, CSR, Sensinode, Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems (FOKUS), Gemalto, Red Bend Software and Invisitrack. Hot topics such as M2M, Mobile Federated Social Networks, Rich Communications Services (RCS), Small Cell Networks, Future Internet, Augmented Reality, Mobile Advertising and Location-based Services (LBS) were all included in the agenda.
Before closing this Chairman’s introduction to this newsletter, I would like to share a thought and a view for the future. I am looking forward to challenges and changes at OMA during 2013. The difference between organizations who succeed and those who don’t is not the absence of challenges, but their ability to face challenges correctly and in a timely manner. So we welcome those challenges and I’m sure that OMA members will be able to address them and new industry requirements with perseverance and a strong commitment to support the evolved services ecosystem.
New OMA Board Officers
Open Mobile Alliance Elects Board Leaders from Deutsche Telekom/T-Mobile, AT&T, Telecom Italia
Gary Jones, Bryan Sullivan and Cecilia Corbi to champion market driven specifications
In the first quarter of 2013, OMA elected Gary Jones of Deutsche Telekom/T-Mobile as Chairman of OMA’s Board of Directors. Bryan Sullivan of AT&T and Cecilia Corbi of Telecom Italia have been elected Vice-chairs. The election of the officers brings continuity to the ongoing work of promoting innovation in standards-setting processes, as well as market-driven perspectives on areas of engagement for new technical work items.
Newly elected to the position of Chairman of the Board at OMA, Gary Jones brings a wealth of mobile industry and standards experience. Mr. Jones is Senior Director and Head of Technical Standards Policy for T-Mobile USA, and along with his work at OMA, he directs and coordinates the efforts of the T-Mobile Standards Group in worldwide standards fora such as 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) and the ITU. Mr. Jones has held multiple management positions within the wireless industry at companies including Millicom International, Omnipoint and VoiceStream. In addition, Mr. Jones has held leadership roles in standards development organizations (SDOs) including Treasurer at OMA, Chairman of various wireless standards groups within ATIS, and Vice-chairman of the 3GPP Core Network and Terminals Technical Specification Group (TSG CT). He is currently Chairman of GSMA North America Standards Working Group and Vice-chairman of 3GPP Service & Systems Aspects Technical Specification Group (TSG SA). Deutsche Telekom/T-Mobile also contributes a number of members of its technical staff to leadership positions in OMA’s working groups including the Chair of OMA’s Location working group.
“OMA is a well-run and entrepreneurial organization with a long history of developing successful specifications, and I am honored to be chosen as Chairman of the Board of Directors,” said Mr. Jones. “As smartphones, mobile computing and the associated mobile applications become ubiquitous, I look forward to driving innovation in OMA’s work program and operations that result in specifications that bring value to our members and the mobile industry at large.”
Also newly elected, Bryan Sullivan of AT&T has accepted the position of Vice-chair of the OMA Board. Mr. Sullivan is Director of Service Enabler Standards for AT&T, and leads a team representing AT&T in a diverse set of standards-defining organizations, which along with OMA includes the W3C, GSM Association (GSMA), Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) and Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). AT&T has been a long time contributor to OMA and has headed a number of successful initiatives including OMA’s API program begun in 2010.
“The mission of the AT&T Service Enabler Standards team is to promote open standards supporting services that are innovative, ubiquitous, resource-efficient, and are driven by what developers need, in order to deliver what users want,” said Mr. Sullivan. “OMA offers member companies, including AT&T, an avenue to achieve this and I look forward to helping define OMA’s future as a Board Officer.”
Cecilia Corbi of Telecom Italia has been elected to a second term as OMA Board Vice-chair, after having served for many years as OMA Board Strategic Planning Committee Chairperson. With nearly 25 years in telecommunications and wireless, Ms. Corbi leads the Service Layer Standardization team at Telecom Italia. As a part of the Telecom Italia Lab, Ms. Corbi manages service and applications standardization areas and heads the Telecom Italia delegations to OMA, W3C, TM Forum and some ETSI activities. Telecom Italia also supports OMA with its technical staff in a number of leadership positions including Francesco Vadalà as Technical Plenary Chair.
“I look forward to working with Gary and Bryan as fellow Board Officers,” said Ms. Corbi. “The mobile industry continues to evolve with players constantly entering the market with compelling applications and services. In 2013, OMA is focusing on delivering programs that enable the greatest market reach for these applications and services, while defining working processes that allow participation in OMA by a wide range of companies.”
The Right Time for BYOD
The following article was published in this month’s Connect World North America Edition.
by Eshwar Pittampalli, Marketing Director, Open Mobile Alliance
As we look around, we see a changing workplace – enterprises are embracing new technologies, exploring new avenues to increase productivity and incorporating a wide range of their employees’ mobile devices into the corporate IT domain. There were days when the corporate CIO office never endorsed any device unless and until it had gone through an exhaustive testing and evaluation process to make sure it was safe and secure from the point of view of corporate data integrity.
There was never more than one mobile phone approved by any IT department and rarely more than two laptop computers for employees to use. Once employees became accustomed to using a mobile device, a laptop and particular operating system, they ended up buying similar hardware and software for home use because of their familiarity with these technologies at the workplace. In other words, the employees would bring the technologies from the office into the home.
But lately, the trend is reversing. People are bringing technology from home to the office. Although this transition is in its initial stages, in a few years, there will be one to one correspondence between the devices used at home to devices used in the workplace. This phenomenon is now being termed bring your own device (BYOD).
Dealing with the influence of smart devices is now among a corporate CIO’s priorities. Consumers, more than enterprises, are driving this mobile innovation. About 65 per cent of the U.S. population – over 200 million people – will have a smartphone and/or tablet by 2015, according to the research firm, In-Stat. Gartner’s research predicts that 1.1 billion smartphones will be shipped worldwide in the year 2015; the market is now ready for BYOD!
In the past, BYOD was an exception and corporate IT did not pay much attention to it. It was felt that BYOD distracted workers and would decrease employee productivity. Recent research has, on the contrary, demonstrated enterprise productivity will improve 1. The study, conducted by IDG Research Services, found that 85 per cent of companies support BYOD today, and more than 70 per cent of IT executives surveyed believe companies without a BYOD strategy will be at a competitive disadvantage. So IT departments are now proactively encouraging employees to bring devices of their own choice to work.
Predictably, some companies might even pay for the devices employees choose to use at work.
The BYOD phenomenon brings IT departments a series of challenges. While there are clear benefits to BYOD, security risks are high; the major concern of IT is the security of sensitive corporate data.
When employees can freely choose their end devices, the variety of devices could easily exceed an IT department’s ability to manage, support and secure.
Challenges and solutions
Safeguarding corporate data accessed by a wide variety of employee devices will become the main focus for corporate IT departments. In addition to the applications that IT departments may want to install on the devices so employees can work and access corporate data, the devices themselves may have to be managed and configured as well.
There are a variety of approaches to addressing the challenge of accessing corporate data using diverse devices and operating systems. IT departments cannot rigorously test and qualify each and every device.
One option is to separate the user’s identity from device’s identity. This means authenticating the users instead of the devices they use. This approach sometimes involves a cloud-based intermediate platform that separates the user from the corporate data and rigorously authenticates the devices or users prior to permitting access to corporate data. This can involve creating a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) in the cloud that provides a shield between the end device and the corporate data.
This shield keeps rogue end devices from accessing corporate data and makes it easier for the IT department to manage a multitude of devices. Other solutions include partitioning the device’s storage so that an operating system in one partition can be allocated for personal use and another in a separate partition secured for enterprise use only 2.
A cloud-based shield facilitates the employees’ BYOD practices, and helps the IT department safeguard corporate data, while managing multiple end devices that use a variety of operating systems. In fact, the cloud makes accessing the corporate data device-agnostic, thus the management of end devices becomes more practical. Additionally, IT has to divide corporate applications into silos with separate layers of authentication depending on the nature of the data these applications are accessing before the data is exposed to the user.
One of the other challenges for IT is to ensure that the sensitive data is not transferred from one device to another device when the employee goes through a device upgrade. Since it is the user who is authenticated before the device accesses the data, the abandoned device will never get close to the corporate data without its lawful user.
In order to get these solutions up and running, the corporate IT department will have to configure the device (policies, settings, applications, etc.). To do that, the corporate IT department will need a mobile device management (MDM) tool. MDM is a software tool that monitors, secures, and manages mobile devices owned by both enterprises and consumers. MDM uses over the air (OTA) procedures for configurations, firmware upgrades and application revisions.
Are enterprises ready?
Given the wave of BYOD, enterprises do not have much choice other than to embrace the phenomenon and make the transition from corporate controlled end device management to employee controlled end device provisioning. The longer a corporation waits to implement the BYOD policy, the more likely it will lose employee enthusiasm and productivity. Once implemented, BYOD facilitates a seamless handoff from one device to another making the employee satisfaction index jump higher, creating a friendly environment to participate and produce more.
It must be clear to employees which devices are excluded from the program. All employees need training and must take personal responsibility for backing up their personal data such as music, photos and videos on a regular basis. Before Employees can participate in BYOD programs they should also know that corporate IT has the authority to wipe out or erase the entire content of the device if it is stolen or lost. Employees should complete a mandatory training program before taking part in a BYOD programme. This training program should cover the employee’s responsibilities and the stringent security requirements that IT has put in place to support the BYOD policy.
What can a CSP do?
A Communication Service Provider (CSP) provides a vehicle for accessing and implementing the BYOD policy. One of the access channels provided by the CSP is the physical layer from the end device to the cloud platform and the other is from the cloud platform to the corporate infrastructure. There is no specific measure that a CSP needs to implement to support these access channels. However, it is good preparation for a CSP to devise a special wholesale data access package that would attract an enterprise to select a specific CSP over another.
The CSP may offer a MDM tool as Software as a Service (SaaS) or through the cloud. In this way, the CSP’s device management system can reliably and securely manage and configure the employee owned devices. Moreover, if the applications installed in the devices were developed in a way that can be managed by the CSP’s MDM ( using management objects), then the corporate IT departments will be able to rely on a comprehensive and standards-based framework, such as OMA Device Management 3, for device and application management.
Now is the time for companies to embrace BYOD policies. Once BYOD is fully implemented, the infrastructure becomes end-device agnostic and transparent to any operating system. The system authenticates the user not the end device to access sensitive corporate data,. The fact that the US Department of Treasury Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) rolled out a virtual desktop that allowed a BYOD program with almost no policy or legal implications indicates that it is time for BYOD to take centre stage. For enterprises, the benefit of requiring fewer IT personnel and potentially faster response times for meeting user needs will result in happy and satisfied employees.
After BYOD deployment, we can expect bring your own information (BYOI), and bring your own applications (BYOA) policy definitions. While the BYO movement in general has risks, it cannot be stopped, so IT departments must manage it correctly.
Highlights of OMA Demo Day at MWC
On February 27th in Barcelona, Spain at Mobile World Congress 2013, the Open Mobile Alliance presented a vision of the future of wireless with demos from across the mobile industry. M2M, Rich Communications Services (RCS), Small Cell Networks, Future Internet, Enterprise Cloud Solutions, Federated Social Networks, Augmented Reality and Location-based Services (LBS) are all enabled by specifications developed at the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) and were showcased by OMA member companies at this event.
Over 100 guests learned from Comverse, CSR, FOKUS, Gemalto, Huawei, Interop Technologies, Invisitrack, Red Bend, Sensinode and Telecom Italia about how they deploy innovative services using OMA Enablers, as well as how the entire wireless value chain comes together to deliver open specifications for next generation mobile services. At OMA Demo Day, attendees heard presentations and browsed live, groundbreaking demos featuring OMA Enablers from OMA member companies.
Demonstrations showcased recently deployed and some yet to be deployed technologies and services. Presentations, demo videos and member company interviews are available here.
The following documents have been approved by the OMA Board of Directors during Q4 2012 and Q1 2013 and are available for download on the OMA public website.
Enabler and Reference Releases
Charging V1.1 Enabler Release Package
Diagnostics & Monitoring V1.2 Enabler Release Package
Device Management V1.3 Enabler Release Package
Smartcard Web Server V1.1.2 Enabler Release Package
Requirements and Architecture Documents
LightweightM2M V1.0 Requirements Document
Enabler Test Specifications
Enabler and Reference Releases
Mobile Augmented Reality V1.0 Enabler Release Package
Enabler and Reference Releases
Converged Address Book V1.0 Enabler Release Package
SMIL for Mobile Domain V1.0 Reference Release Package
Enabler Test Specification
Enabler and Reference Releases
Secure User Plane Location V2.1 Enabler Release Package
Enabler and Reference Releases
List of supported MOs V1.0 Enabler Release Package
Enabler Test Specifications
RCS-e V1.2 Conformance Enabler Test Specification
Gateway MO V1.1 Enabler Release Package
Enabler and Reference Releases
Smartcard Web Server V1.2 Enabler Release Package
Small Cells Capabilities Exposure V1.0 Enabler Release Package
RESTful Network API for Payment V1.0 Enabler Release Package
Enabler Test Specification
New Work Items
The following have been approved as new OMA Work Items (WID) in Q4 2012 and Q1 2013.
WID approved 4Q2012
- WID 0271 – Location Positioning Protocol extensions (LPPe) v2.0
- WID 0276 – REST NetAPI QoS V1.0
- WID 0277 – Social Network Web 1.1
- WID 0278 – MgmtPolicyMO 1.0
- WID 0279 – Device Apps Network Efficiency (DANE)
WID approved 1Q2013
- WID 0281 – RoamAPI (REST NetAPI Roaming) V1.0
- WID 0283 – REST NetAPI NMS (RESTful Network API for Network Message Storage) V1.0
- WID 0284 – REST NetAPI VVOIP (RESTful Network API for VOIP and Video) V1.0
- WID 0285 – REST RCSProfile (RCS Profile of RESTful Network APIs) V3.0
2013 OMA Technical Plenary Elections
We would like to congratulate the following individuals who have been elected to OMA Technical Plenary leadership positions in Q4 2012 and Q1 2013.
Elections 4Q 2012
- Shahram Mohajeri of AT&T on his successful election as Vice-chair of the Architecture Working Group
- Lin Wu of China Telecom on her successful re-election as Vice-chair of the Content Delivery Working Group
- Jun Ma of China Mobile on his successful re-election as Vice-chair of the Device Management Working Group
- Jesus Martin of Telefonica on his successful re-election as Vice-chair of the Requirements Working Group
- Salvatore Scarpina of Telecom Italia on his successful election as Chair of the Device Management Working Group
Elections 1Q 2013
- Sivasubramaniam Ramanan of NEC on his successful election as Vice-chair of the Device Management Working Group
- Johan Zuidweg of Huawei on his successful re-election as Chair of the Release Planning and Management Committee (REL)
- Vincenzo Amorino of Telecom Italia on his successful re-election as Vice-chair of the Architecture Working Group
- Kyung-Tak Lee of Samsung on his successful re-election as Chair of the Communications Working Group
- Kennie Kwong of AT&T on his successful election as Chair of the Requirements Working Group
- Bo Hu of China Unicom on his successful election as Vice-chair of the Content Delivery WG
- Dieter Gludovacz of Deutsche Telekom on his successful election as Vice-chair of the Release Planning and Management Committee
Upcoming OMA Meetings – 2013
23-27 Sept, 2013 / Bangkok, Thailand
18-22 Nov, 2013 / Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Recent Industry Events
3rd ETSI TC M2M Workshop “Standardized Framework for Interoperable M2M Services; Connecting Smart Devices, Platforms & Applications to the Internet of Things”
24-25 October / Sophia Antipolis, France
Salvatore Scarpina,Vice Chair, OMA DM Working Group, Telecom Italia
October 29 – November 1 / Chicago, USA
Eshwar Pittampalli, Director of Market Development, OMA
November 5-7/ London, UK
Open Mobile Summit
November 7-9/ San Francisco, USA
Musa Unmehopa, Chair, Open Mobile Alliance Technical Plenary, Distinguished Member of Technical Staff in the Software, Services and Solutions Group, Alcatel-Lucent
January 29-31/ Miami, FL
Dr. Eshwar Pittampalli, Director, Market Development, OMA
Mobile World Congress 2013
February 25-28 / Barcelona, Spain
OMA Demo Day
LTE Latin America
April 16-17, 2013 / Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
April 23- 24, 2013 / Singapore
IMS World Forum
April 23-25, 2013 / Barcelona, Spain
The Internet & Mobile Show Asia 2013
April 24- 25, 2013 / Singapore
Upcoming Industry Events
May 13-14, 2013 / Dubai
NFC Solutions Summit 2013
May 15-16, 2013 / San Francisco, California, USA
RCS Summit @CTIA
May 22, 2013 / Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
LTE World Summit
June 24-26, 2013 / Amsterdam, Netherlands
Mobile Commerce World
June 24-26, 2013 / San Francisco, California, USA
GSMA Mobile Asia Expo
26-28 June, 2013 / Shanghai
OMA would like to welcome the following companies who have joined during Q4 2012 and Q1 2013!
|Layer 7 Technologies||www.layer7tech.com|
|Seven Networks International Oy||www.seven.com|
|CallUp Net Ltd.||www.callup.net|
|Shenzhen Coolpad Technologies Co., Ltd.||www.coolpad.cn|
For more information on OMA membership and a complete list of OMA members, http://openmobilealliance.org/membership/.