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November 2017

Light Reading: Monetizing ONAP, the Amdocs Way

By In The News

As the debate about how ONAP (Open Network Automation Platform) might be interpreted and used by network operators, Amdocs is providing an early example of ONAP in action and showing how it plans to generate revenues from the open source development. (See ONAP Takes Flak as Telcos Prep for Release 1 and ONAP Strikes Back, Saying Critics Are Misinformed.)

Amdocs has been involved in ONAP since its genesis as ECOMP (Enhanced Control, Orchestration, Management and Policy), the orchestration and network management platform developed at AT&T. (Amdocs was a key vendor partner in that process.)

Read more at Light Reading. 

SDxCentral: AT&T Makes its SD-WAN ‘Dynamic’

By In The News

ORLANDO, Florida – At this week’s MEF17 event in Orlando, Fla., Josh Goodell, vice president for intelligent edge at AT&T, said the carrier was set to launch a dynamic version of its software-defined wide-area networking (SD-WAN) product. The platform would be network based and become available early next year.

Goodell said that the carrier’s current over-the-top (OTT) SD-WAN offering, based on VeloCloud’s technology, can dynamically route traffic across multiple carrier links. The carrier’s currently counts around 100,000 SD-WAN deployments under an internally-derived static configuration.

See more at SDxCentral. 

FierceTelecom: Linux Foundation’s Joshipura says ONAP is now the de facto open networking platform

By In The News

ORLANDO–Since ECOMP and Open O merged earlier this year to create Open Networking Automation Platform (ONAP), the Linux Foundation is seeing membership and interest continue to accelerate to automate more network functions via SDN and NFV.

Arpit Joshipura, general manager of networking and orchestration for The Linux Foundation, told attendees during this year’s MEF 17 event that ONAP has become widely accepted.
Read more at FierceTelecom.

SDxCentral: AT&T, Orange, and Partners Shrink the World Using MEF LSO, ONAP

By In The News

ORLANDO, Fla. — AT&TOrange, and a handful of technology partners are attempting to shrink the world by using inter-provider application programming interfaces (APIs) to provision Ethernet services. The companies demonstrated a proof of concept of this at this week’s MEF17 event.

Tapping into the MEF’s recently released Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO) Sonata software development kit (SDK), the demonstration showed an automated, real-time ordering, and provisioning of the software-defined networking (SDN)-based services across AT&T’s network and Orange’s network. This involved the interaction of both operators’ SDN architectures.

Read more at SDxCentral.

Türk Telekom Joins the Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) Project As Platinum Member

By Announcement

Turkey’s Leader in Information and Communication Technologies Provider to Help Accelerate Open Source Innovation and Automation Globally

Orlando, Florida – November 15, 2017 — MEF 17’–The Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) Project continues its membership growth with the addition of new Platinum member Türk Telekom. Türk Telekom, Turkey’s world-class, integrated telecommunication and technology services provider, joining the project demonstrates both the continued ONAP momentum globally and growing commitment to open standards and open source.

With this collaboration and extension into Turkey, Türk Telekom will help accelerate ONAP globally and continue its mission to deliver a neutral automation platform for networks. Türk Telekom will also help ONAP execute the project’s plan for cloud providers and enterprises challenged to provide on-demand services profitably and competitively, while leveraging existing investments.  By unifying member resources, ONAP will accelerate the development of a vibrant ecosystem around a globally shared architecture and implementation for network automation–with an open standards focus–faster than any one product could on its own.

Türk Telekom joins 18 other global service providers and technology leaders that are platinum ONAP members including Amdocs, AT&T, Bell, China Mobile, China Telecom, Cisco, Ericsson, GigaSpaces, Huawei, IBM, Intel, Jio, Nokia, Orange, Tech Mahindra, VMWare, Vodafone and ZTE. In addition, 55 percent of the world’s mobile subscribers are supported by its members.

“We are delighted to invest in ONAP at the highest level and help guide the strategic, technical, and marketing direction for the project. As the only Turkish operator participating at ONAP, we believe joining the project is crucial for our  vision and helps us to better support technologies that our engineers are building,” said Cengiz Doğan, Chief Technology Officer of Türk Telekom. “We believe that ONAP has the ability to transform future networks by providing end-to-end, closed-loop automation to design, orchestrate, automate and manage new services.”

Türk Telekom offers its customers a complete range of mobile, broadband, data, TV and fixed voice services as well as innovative convergence technologies. With its rich history and continued growth, Türk Telekom is helping to advance Turkey into one of the largest telecom markets in EMEA. With its global presence, Türk Telekom will help drive the ONAP initiative into new regions and spread the continued adoption of open standards and open source.

“We are delighted to welcome Türk Telekom to the project and expand the list of telecommunication and technology services providers supporting ONAP,” said Arpit Joshipura, General Manager of Networking and Orchestration, The Linux Foundation. “With Türk Telekom on board, we look forward to their ongoing POC development and together will collaborate to create the future of network automation.”

About ONAP

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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SDxCentral: AT&T’s Fuetsch Hints at Upcoming White Box and ONAP Plans

By In The News

DALLAS – AT&T plans to provide more details in the coming weeks on its white box and ONAP plans that are part of its broader network virtualization initiative.

Speaking at the recent AT&T Business Summit in Dallas, Andre Fuetsch, CTO and president of AT&T Labs, hinted that the company would soon be updating its white-box strategy. Fuetsch said AT&T’s plans would provide the carrier with increased agility and cost efficiency.

Read more at SDxCentral.

SDxCentral: AT&T Wields Disproportionate Influence in ONAP, But Everyone’s OK With It

By In The News

The Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) open source group is presumably putting the finishing touches on its first code release — Amsterdam. The group has said it will release Amsterdam before the end of the year. The inaugural release will integrate the original Open-O and ECOMP code bases into a common orchestration platform.

We wondered how the integration was going and, specifically, whether AT&T was working collaboratively within the project.

Read more at SDxCentral.

Light Reading: ONAP Strikes Back, Saying Critics Are Misinformed

By In The News

It’s been a rough week for ONAP, public relations-wise.

First my colleague Iain Morris reported on something of a groundswell of negativity about the open source MANO project, much of it generated at Light Reading’s “OSS in the Era of SDN & NFV” event in London last week. Then veteran industry analyst Tom Nolle, president of CIMI Corp. , added his voice in a blog post , saying the LR news analysis didn’t go far enough in assessing basic faults in Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) ‘s approach. (See ONAP Takes Flak as Telcos Prep for Release 1.)

Arpit Joshipura, general manager of Networking & Orchestration for the Linux Foundation , which hosts ONAP, is well aware of what’s being said, but comments in an interview that the criticisms are coming from people who lack in-depth familiarity with ONAP and the contents of its upcoming first software release, Amsterdam, due out by year’s end.


Read more at Light Reading.

Huffington Post: Politics Is Disconnected From Coming Changes to Our Connected World

By In The News

Washington politics has been stuck in a cul-de-sac of debates over health care, immigration and taxes for years. Meanwhile the tools and networks that power our economy and connect our lives are changing rapidly and politicians are oblivious. The next generation of wireless networks – 5G – is rapidly coming into focus, and Americans need to pay attention to take advantage.

Every new generation of wireless communications has been marked by faster speeds. Next-generation 5G networks, however, will have to do much more, much faster and with better quality. Think of it as a three dimensional expansion rather than just two. Network operators must make this transition in order to power the billions of devices in the Internet of Things (IoT). That’s the focus of a conversation that I’ll be having with the Linux Foundation and Jet Ventures at an Internet Innovation Alliance event in San Francisco tomorrow.

Most people have never heard of ONAP, but the Open Network Automation Platform is an important part of the answer.

Read more at the Huffington Post.