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Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) Project Releases Code, Expands Membership and Announces Board Positions

By April 5, 2017May 9th, 2017Announcement

Reliance Jio, Ciena, Microsoft, New H3C Technologies, Wind River and Open Networking Foundation contribute to open source ecosystem creating framework for network automation

OPEN NETWORKING SUMMIT 2017 (SANTA CLARA, CA) APRIL 5, 2017 — The Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) Project today announced that its code and documentation are now open to the community for increased collaboration. It also introduced the newly elected officers of the project and welcomed additional members. They include Platinum member Reliance Jio; Silver members Ciena, Microsoft, New H3C Technologies Co., Ltd. and Wind River; and Associate member Open Networking Foundation. All will join the community in working on a shared framework for automation of virtual network functions.

The opening of ONAP code and growth in membership follow the late February announcement of the project’s formation. The ONAP code base is production-ready and in use. Developers are invited to access it at

“We’re excited to see how developers and others in the industry contribute to the ONAP code,” said Chris Rice, ONAP Chair and Senior Vice President, AT&T Labs. “Today is an important day for ONAP and open networking. Collaboration is key in open source projects and we’re looking forward to the community’s efforts to harden the production-ready code.”

Ciena, H3C, Microsoft, Open Networking Foundation and Wind River join Reliance Jio (see related announcement) as ONAP’s newest members. The global nature of the project will support its mission to provide a neutral platform for operators and vendors working together to foster innovation and avoid fragmentation around software-defined networks (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV).

Yachen Wang, ONAP President and Deputy Director of the Network Technology Department at China Mobile Research Institute, commented: “On behalf of ONAP members, I would like to welcome the new members to the team. We anticipate close collaboration that will further the automation of SDN and NFV networks, and will enable all the community to take advantage of the best architectural components and implementation from ONAP.”

The ONAP Governing Board members have elected the following individuals to serve in key roles:

  • Chair: Chris Rice, Senior Vice President of AT&T Labs
  • President: Yachen Wang, Deputy Director of the Network Technology Department at China Mobile Research Institute
  • Treasurer: Vincent Danno, Director Wireline Standards of the Innovation Technical & Marketing at Orange corporate

“We congratulate the Governing Board officers on their election to serve,” said Arpit Joshipura, General Manager, Networking at The Linux Foundation. “They will be responsible for working with other members to support the ecosystem growing around the project, while technical governance remains separate in the hands of the developer community.”

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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