Foundation to develop future strategic business fields and safeguard investments
Research and innovation also serve to drive standardization – with the aim of achieving global economies of scale, to earn licensing fees (or avoid incurring them) and to protect existing investments. T-Labs actively promotes standardization in the relevant technology fields, for example, for broadband connections and home networking technologies – specifically through participation in the Deutsche Telekom Group standardization project. In telecommunications, the World Wide Web has been increasingly gaining relevance, too. That includes the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) as well. T-Labs are participating there with significant contributions in the areas of media with WebRTC, security and data protection and recently payment and digital wallets.
By generating patents, T-Labs also makes a decisive contribution toward protecting the intellectual property of Deutsche Telekom, to improve the company's strategic position vis-a-vis other patent owners, as well as capturing new business areas through licensing. Current focuses of patent applications include for example next-generation mobile communications networks, such as the wireless technologies that will succeed the LTE/4G networks, as well as next-generation fixed-line networks, for example, fiber optic technology for G-PON. Another example for patent generation lies in innovations such as in the integrated network connection area (Hybrid Access) .
The commercial value of wireless spectra can be exploited to the fullest through solutions for their efficient, flexible use. Examples include procedures for shared spectrum use such as Licensed Shared Access (LSA) – which is a component of 5G activities (e.g. project METIS).
Standardization processes are supported by the development of prototypes (mostly based on open source) and proof-of-concept activities. Increased emphasis on open source also helps reduce license costs and supports the rapid market launch of services through the active establishment of Open Source Communities. This is the purpose of the Open Networking Foundation, Linux Foundation and OpenStack projects.