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October 2017

Light Reading: What Does Automation Mean to You?

By In The News

With its promise of greater efficiencies and agility, automation is driving many network operator strategies these days — that much is evident from quantifiable industry research and from the very public announcements being made by the biggest names in the telecoms world.

The research was undertaken by Heavy Reading (the smart arm of the Light Reading empire): Operator respondents were asked to identify the three most important aspects of digital transformation, and 143 of the 150 service providers surveyed earlier this year cited process automation. Virtualization came in second with 130 votes. (See Process Automation Tops Carriers’ Goals for NFV.)

By that time, AT&T had already folded its ECOMP (Enhanced Control Orchestration, Management and Policy) code, developed during the past few years, into an open source project called ONAP, or Open Network Automation Platform — the name says it all. (See MANO Marriage: ECOMP, OPEN-O Converge as ONAP.)

Read more at Light Reading.

IT Business Edge: MEF, ONAP Collaborate to Make Virtualization Work Across Discrete Networks

By In The News

Carriers and service providers are working very hard to implement complex virtualized schemes across their networks. That’s a big part of the game, but not the entire challenge.

Another important element is making sure that services run across different networks without issue. They must maintain the same level of service and ease of use across various boundaries as if only one network is being used.

Read more at IT Business Edge.

Telco Transformation: MEF & ONAP Strike Up Collaboration Effort

By In The News

The telco industry has long clamored for more cooperation between open source communities and standard development organizations, so today’s announcement that MEF and ONAP had agreed to collaborate on end-to-end automated and orchestrated services was welcome news.

With the memorandum of understanding, MEF is now an associate member of both Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) and the Linux Foundation. In turn, the Linux Foundation is now an auditing member of MEF. Together, ONAP and MEF have more than 250 member companies in the combined fold. (See MEF, ONAP Collaborate on LSO, Automation.)

Read more at Telco Transformation.

TeleCompetitor: AT&T ECOMP Helps Lay Foundations for MEF-Linux Foundation Agreement Targeting Service Orchestration

By In The News

AT&T’s open source ECOMP initiative, which aims to bring a higher level of standardization to the automation of communications service creation and turn-up, is having a broad industry impact, as news today of a MEF-Linux Foundation agreement illustrates.

The Linux Foundation and the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) announced a memorandum of understanding aimed at coordinating their efforts on service orchestration – and according to Arpit Joshipura, general manager of networking and orchestration for the Linux Foundation, ECOMP plays a big role on the Linux Foundation’s side of the agreement.

Read more at TeleCompetitor.

FierceTelecom: MEF, ONAP Develop Pact for Open Network-Based Orchestrated Services

By In The News

MEF and the Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP), a Linux Foundation project, have signed a memorandum of understanding to establish service orchestration for service providers interconnecting diverse networks and technologies.

This alliance is set on helping service providers, cloud providers, and enterprises provide on-demand services profitably and competitively, while maximizing existing investments.
Read more at FierceTelecom.

SDxCentral: ONAP and MEF Join Each Others’ Groups Collaborate on LSO

By In The News

MEF and the Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) are officially working together, the organizations announced today at the SDN and NFV World Congress. MEF has joined ONAP as an associate member. And the Linux Foundation, which hosts ONAP, has joined MEF as an auditing member.

They say their relationship brings open source and standards together to further their shared vision for service orchestration across multiple providers.

Read more at SDxCentral.

MEF and ONAP Collaborate to Advance Agile, Assured, and Orchestrated Services Over Automated Networks

By Announcement

Relationship brings open source and standards together to further shared vision for service orchestration across multiple providers and technology domains

SDN NFV World Congress 2017 – The Hague, Netherlands, 11 October 2017 – MEF and the Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP), a Linux Foundation Project, today announced their joint collaboration to accelerate the rollout of agile, assured, and orchestrated services across automated, virtualized, and interconnected networks.  Service providers, cloud providers, and enterprises are challenged to provide on-demand services profitably and competitively, while maximizing existing investments. Together, MEF and ONAP will leverage the resources of their more than 250 combined member companies to speed open source-based SDN/NFV and LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration) innovation that will power a new generation of dynamic network services optimized for the digital economy.

As part of this collaboration, MEF is now an associate member of both ONAP and The Linux Foundation, and The Linux Foundation is an auditing member of MEF. The organizations will jointly facilitate development of an LSO Framework and the creation of standardized open LSO APIs designed to automate the entire lifecycle for services orchestrated across multiple provider networks and multiple network technology domains. These efforts will be supported by LSO Hackathons at MEF17 and several MEF-hosted events in 2018 that will enable open source community developers and networking professionals to develop LSO-SDN-NFV based solutions that can be used in open source projects and in development of MEF LSO API specifications.

The collaboration between MEF and ONAP extends the work that MEF is already undertaking with The Linux Foundation’s OpenDaylight (ODL) and Platform for Network Data Analytics (PNDA) Projects. More details on collaborative initiatives will be shared in coming months.

“ONAP was formed with the understanding that the creation of a comprehensive framework for real-time, policy-driven software automation of virtual network functions could best be achieved by sharing and combining industry resources,” said Arpit Joshipura, General Manager of Networking & Orchestration, The Linux Foundation. “As part of this vision, The Linux Foundation is integrating our open networking initiatives more closely with industry associations like MEF. MEF and ONAP hold a common vision for the end-to-end automation of service provider networks. We are pleased to work with them to combine resources and minimize fragmentation to accelerate the transformation and automation of networks with SDN and NFV.”

“MEF is delighted to work with The Linux Foundation’s ONAP Project on a common goal of advancing orchestration of dynamic services that provide unprecedented user and application-directed control over network resources and service capabilities,” said Pascal Menezes, CTO, MEF. “We see great value in harmonizing open source and open standards work to speed development of open LSO APIs and realize their implementation as quickly as possible.”

SDN NFV World Congress 2017

Executives from MEF and The Linux Foundation will be speaking at the SDN NFV World Congress.

Pascal Menezes, MEF, will give a presentation titled “SD-WAN Managed Services and MEF Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO)” at 5:00pm on Tuesday, 10 October.

Arpit Joshipura, The Linux Foundation, will give a presentation titled “ONAP Project Overview & Update” at 2:05pm on Thursday, 12 October.

Dan Pitt, SVP, MEF, is chairing a MEF Workshop titled “Lifecycle Service Orchestration: From Specification to Implementation” that will be held 11:10am – 12:40pm on Friday, 13 October.


MEF and ONAP will provide updates on collaboration activities during MEF Workshop and other presentations at the MEF17 event, to be held 13-16 November in Orlando, Florida.

Arpit Joshipura will give a presentation at 8:15am on Wednesday, 15 November and offer his industry perspective on the impact of open source networking.

See the MEF17 agenda for more details.

Participate in Joint Work                                                                                

To learn more and to participate in the joint work of ONAP and MEF, join the ONAP Technical Steering Committee or contact at MEF.

About MEF

An industry association of 210+ member companies, MEF is enabling service providers to create a global ecosystem of networks that deliver agile, assured, and orchestrated services for the digital economy and hyper-connected world. These services provide an on-demand, cloud-centric experience with user- and application-directed control over network resources and service capabilities. They are delivered over automated, virtualized, and interconnected networks powered by LSO, SDN, and NFV. MEF produces LSO frameworks, open LSO APIs, software-driven reference implementations, service specifications, and certification programs. MEF’s work will enable automated delivery of standardized wavelength, Carrier Ethernet, IP, SD-WAN, and Layer 4-7 services across multiple provider networks. For more information:

About the Open Network Automation Platform

The Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) Project brings together top global carriers and vendors with the goal of allowing end users to automate, design, orchestrate and manage services and virtual functions. ONAP unites two major open networking and orchestration projects, open source ECOMP and the Open Orchestrator Project (OPEN-O), with the mission of creating a unified architecture and implementation and supporting collaboration across the open source community. The ONAP Project is a Linux Foundation project. For more information, visit

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