ATIS and IPTV Standards
Maria Estefania, Senior Director - ATIS
• Technical planning and standards development organization of communications
and Information Technologies companies.
– 24 standards making committees and incubators covering broad spectrum of industry
– 6 focus groups defining detailed work plans on the following priorities: Next
Generation Networks, Network Security, Voice Over IP, Data Interchange, Wide Area
Ethernet and Mobile Wireless Services.
• Committed to rapidly developing and promoting technical and operations
standards for the communications and related information technologies industry
• ATIS’ member companies and committee participants represent a wide cross
section of the global communications industry.
– 300+ member companies.
• On the international front: organizational partner of 3GPP, Global Standards
• Leading contributor to ITU via the U.S. State Department and R sector member.
• US Telecom Premier Partner, providing technical programming for large trade
• Active Board of Directors comprised of CTOs and senior-most executives of
major telecom companies doing business in North America.
• Board of Directors drives market-based standards development:
– Identifies priority standards work needed by industry to get new services to market
– Establishes focus groups to identify and charter development or specific priority
– Focuses standards work on these priority areas.
• Delivers a “new” type of standard designed for today - ATIS End-to End
– Complete, implementable end-to-end solutions for the industry;
– Frameworks for services and performance requirements, interfaces and physical
characteristics for technologies, systems and business processes;
– Ensure interoperability;
– Include work in multiple venues or disciplines as required (e.g. OAM&P, billing, and
Board of Directors Board Committees, Forums and
e.g., TOPS Committees Members Staff
Universal Functions Functional Platforms
Performance, Interoperability OAM&P Ordering and User Circuit Wireless Multimedia Optical Packet
Reliability, and Billing Interface Switched and Based
Security Plant Networks
Protocol Network IFAST IIF Optical
NRSC Interworking Network Integration, ESIF Packet
Interface, Transport and
Committee Operations, and OBF Technologies
(network Power, and (ANSI-
(ANSI-41 (IPTV Synchronization
(PI) Administration (emergency and Systems
reliability) Protection interworking)
(formerly Forum (NIOAF) services) Committee
(ordering, billing) Committee ability (OPTXS)
T1S1- - INC (PTSC)
(NIPP) Forum) (formerly T1X1)
signaling) - IITC* (formerly
- NIIF* (T1S1- packet-
IVR T1E1) IOC (electrical
(signaling, - BCSC based)
TFPC protocol *includes signaling (access,
(voice (international hierarchy, (packet-
standards) testing and interface,
(fraud ) response roaming) synchronization technology
implementation power, spectral
systems) standards) standards,
protection Wireless standards and
Network TTY standards not
Telecom Management and Systems pursued by
and Operations Committee IETF)
Committee (TMOC) (WTSC)
and Quality of telephony) O5
Service (wood poles)
(internetwork OAM&P (wireless/
and security Notes on this chart:
• The 10 areas defined on the chart represent a functional framework for organizing the work of
ATIS and for marketing it externally. They are not actual committees or individuals with
administrative or oversight responsibilities.
• The remaining layers of the chart identify where the existing ATIS committees fall in the functional
• PEG (Protection Engineers Group) is not included on this chart as it meets only once annually for
an information exchange meeting, rather than for developing technical standards.
• It is intended that the structure presented on this chart will be dynamic and will grow and change
over time as work flows through ATIS.
IPTV Interoperability Forum (IIF)
• March 2005 - IPTV Exploratory Group (IEG) established by the ATIS
Board of Directors to assess the technical and operational opportunities
and challenges surrounding deployment of IPTV.
• June 2005 – On recommendation of IEG, ATIS Board established the
IPTV Interoperability Forum (IIF) as part of ATIS Board’s priority work to:
– Bring focus and coordination to standards work needed for IPTV.
– Resolve issues that may impede adoption of IPTV.
– Provide venue for interoperability activities.
– Assess IPTV issues in light of NGN directions.
• IIF Mission: Enable the interoperability, interconnection, and
implementation of IPTV systems/services by developing ATIS standards
and facilitating related technical activities.
Companies Active in IIF
Accenture ADTRAN Agilent
Alcatel AMDOCS AT&T
Bell Canada BellSouth Big Band
British Telecom Cingular Wireless CISCO
Coaxsy Digital Fountain ECI Telecom
Entrisphere Ericsson Ineo Quest
Intelsat Iowa Network Systems ipdr.org
Hewlett Packard JDSU Juniper
Leapstone Systems Lucent Microsoft
Myrio/Siemens NDS Neustar
Nielsen Nortel Optical Solutions (Calix)
Qwest Real Communications Rogers Wireless
Scientific Atlanta Sun Microsystems Symmetricom
TDS Telecom Telchemy Telcordia
Tellabs Thomson Trendium
UTStarcom Verizon Westell
Address the Highest IPTV Priority Items for the
1. Overall reference architecture for IPTV.
2. Industry accepted standardized metrics and
requirements for content security (digital rights
management) and the quality of content delivery
(Quality of Customer Experience).
3. End-to-End QoS functionality to support multiple
services (voice, video and data) on the same network.
4. Interoperability standards and testing of components
in the video delivery network.
• Secure and reliable delivery to subscribers of entertainment
video and related services.
– Live TV, Video On Demand (VOD) and Interactive TV (iTV).
• Services are delivered across an access agnostic, packet-
switched network that employs the IP protocol to transport
the audio, video and control signals.
– Not Video over DSL.
• In contrast to video over the public Internet, with IPTV
deployments, network security and performance are tightly
managed to ensure a superior entertainment experience,
resulting in a compelling business environment for content
providers, advertisers and customers alike.
– Not Video over Public Internet.
ARCH Task Force
• Requirements & Roadmap document – March 2006
– Define roadmap and requirements for IPTV architecture as it evolves
over time, considering
• Service Descriptions and Capabilities
• Models for Content Sourcing
• Models for billing and settlement arrangements for video services
• Content security
• Network Architecture models (Core, Access, Home) [not just network
layer and below]
• Application Architecture models (Service Enablers, App servers,
Resources, API and Protocols models, Device functions models)
• IP network supporting infrastructure required to support IPTV. E.g.,
Domain Name Services (DNS), Network Time Protocol (NTP), network
access authentication (RADIUS/LDAP).
• Evolving nature of terminal devices (multi-resolution support)
• Models for advertising insertion
ARCH Task Force (cont.)
• Requirements & Roadmap document – March 2006
(Continuation of previous slides’s list of considerations addressed by document.)
• Models for viewership reporting to advertisers
• Service integration (e.g., caller id on the TV screen)
• Content location mechanisms (e.g., Electronic Program guides, search
• Content metadata assumptions and requirements ( e.g., XML/MPEG 7)
• Content transformation services (e.g., changing resolution via MPEG 21 Digital
• Interactive TV services (e.g., audience polling, information services15, games)
• OAM of the IPTV infrastructure ( e.g., at the MPEG layer)
• IPTV protection/redundancy mechanisms (e.g., at the MPEG layer)
• IPTV interworking between wireline-based distribution networks and wireless
• Phase 1 Architecture Reference Model – October 2006
DRM Task Force
• Goal: enable wide range of IPTV business models while keeping IPTV content
• DRM requirements – March 2006
– Server side DRM interfaces, layers, and systems requirements
– Client side DRM interfaces, layers, systems, and operational
environment requirement specification
– Scope: for initial receiving set-top box or digital video recorder in
customer premises (home, business, etc.).
• Requirements for sharing to other devices on premises to be
QoSM Task Force
• QoSM Requirements document addressing
– Quality of Customer Experience (QoE)
– Head End
– V-model (video quality)
– Home network
– Frequency and timing synchronization
• QoSM Standard – September 2006
IIF is Coordinating/Liaising With:
• DSL Forum
• Digital Video Broadcasting Project (DVB)
• European Telecommunications Standards Institute
• International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
• Internet Streaming Media Alliance (ISMA)
• Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA)
• Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)
IPDR.org –IIF liaison
• Allows ipdr.org to contribute to the IIF and access IIF documents.
• Continues existing cooperation between ATIS forums and ipdr.org.
– ATIS/ipdr.org MOU in place since 2004.
– ipdr.org and ATIS’s OBF and TMOC are working closely together on a
series of projects.
• ATIS document ATIS-0300075 (Usage Data Management for Packet-Based
Services- Service-Neutral Architecture and Protocol Requirements)
• ATIS document ATIS-0300075.1 (Usage Data management for Packet-Based
Services-Service Neutral Protocol Specification for Billing Applications)
• These are approved ANSI standards for trial use, and utilize the ipdr protocol.
• Benefit to ipdr.org and the industry: Provides expedited
incorporation of ipdr protocol in appropriate national and international
billing, accounting, and settlements standards.
ATIS - ipdr.org process
• ipdr.org collects IPTV requirements for protocol and encoding on billing and
accounting related issues. These requirements are used to enhance the IPDR
documents for IPTV.
• ipdr.org provides protocol and encoding requirements to ATIS committees.
• ATIS committees (TMOC, IIF and OBF), working with IPDR.org, develop
IPTV-specific supplement to TMOC requirements documents for all packet-
based services and incorporate information into the IIF Reference Architecture.
• ATIS committees define intercompany business applications for IPTV
billing/accounting and settlements, ensuring compatibility with TMOC
architecture interface protocol and requirement specifications for packet based
• ATIS committees obtain international standardization from the ITU where
• IIF Convener: Kevin Schneider, ADTRAN
• Architecture Taskforce (ARCH) Co-chairs
– Dipan Patel, Accenture
– Steven Wright, BellSouth
• Digital Rights Management Taskforce (DRM) Co-Chairs
– Mike Fargano, Qwest
– Andre Jacobs, Widevine
• Quality of Service Metrics (QoSM) Taskforce Co-Chairs
– Vandana Upadhyay, Symmetricom
– John Williams, JDSU/Acterna
• Technical Advisor
– Dan O’Callaghan, Verizon
• Testing and Interoperability (T&I) Taskforce Co-Chairs – Open