ONAP Casablanca & LFN Ecosystem Updates: Supporting Comments from Members

By December 4, 2018Announcement

Amdocs
“We view standardization and openness as critical solution requirements for realization of the dynamic and automated service-driven network, and we are very pleased with the results that ONAP is providing in accelerating speed to market and vendor innovation for our customers”, said Anthony Goonetilleke, Group President, Entertainment, Media and Technology, Amdocs. “We now see significant positive momentum from many of our customers who are starting  to leverage ONAP to expose and orchestrate their networks-as-a-service to more rapidly and easily design, build and monitor new offerings. This approach will prove to be a pivotal element of service providers delivering a cornerstone of our connected society. As a founding member and co-creator of ONAP, Amdocs remains strongly committed to its ongoing development. We lead the ONAP use case subcommittee which is doing vital work to develop and promote future-facing use cases like 5G and edge automation. Additionally, Amdocs believes in the importance of gaining alignment across the standards bodies, and is actively contributing to align service onboarding standardization across ONAP and ETSI.”

ARRIS
“ARRIS offers communications service providers software development and integration support to streamline service activation and enhance agility,” said Jack Raynor, senior director, ARRIS Professional Services Software and Integration Practice, ARRIS.  “The pillars of Multi-Domain Service Orchestration include planning, design, implementation and operation, resulting in more accuracy and reduced cost through automation and improved customer satisfaction.  Our software solution services leverage best of breed and leading edge technologies and platforms for Orchestration and Automation including ONAP. ARRIS is currently developing and deploying an ONAP-based solution with a major Asia Pacific telco customer. We are committed to building an open solution that frees operators from the complexities of their own infrastructures.”

Bell Canada
Tamer Shenouda, director, Network Transformation and Operations Support Systems, Bell Canada: “As we continue to deploy new services and features on ONAP, we see the Casablanca release as a stepping stone towards our vision of a self-service automation platform for our operations teams. We believe this will enable faster adoption and drive benefits at a much larger scale, both on virtual and physical networks.”

China Mobile
“Congratulations to the entire ONAP community!  Carriers, Vendors, Researchers, Practitioners, LFN, etc.  together have come a long way to deliver Casablanca, a commercial ecosystem with new/enhanced technical features and supporting new use cases such as CCVPN and 5G,” said Dr. Junlan Feng, Chief, China Mobile Research. “ Special thanks to LFN and all developers!  We believe Casablanca will better enable carriers to find their own trajectory to deploy ONAP in commercial use. For future work, we hope we continuously strength ONAP in terms of solidness, flexibility and easiness of use.”

China Telecom
Sun Qiong, Director of SDN R&D Center, China Telecom Beijing Research Institute and LFN Board member: “We are so happy to see that the new Casablanca release is delivered. This release offers more useful features, more interesting use cases, and better performance and stability. We believe more and more carriers will find benefits from it.”

Ericsson
Mats Karlsson, Head of Solution Area OSS at Ericsson says, “Ericsson is driving the 5G global ecosystem that will deliver services for all industries. Both open source and standards will play a crucial role in the evolution of 5G. The advent of 5G will bring new use cases and disruptive business models for all industries. As the industry moves in to virtualization including cloud native and edge cloud, networks will become even more complex and we need automation & orchestration to manage this complexity. Automation leveraging AI/ML influenced policy – adaptive policy, is key to manage new services, resources and to achieve closed loop automation and optimization. The Casablanca release brings new and enhanced features that provide platform stability and support for existing and evolved use cases such as Residential CPE, VoLTE, cross domain VPN and 5G use cases.”

Huawei
“ONAP is the common platform for end to end automation and intelligent operation. The ONAP Casablanca release has been enhanced with respect to architecture, capabilities and maturity to allow global deployment of the platform. Huawei is one of the top contributors to ONAP community since it was formed early 2017. Huawei collaborated with Vodafone and China Mobile to build and integrate ONAP with Huawei commercial SDN controllers in CCVPN use case that is delivered with ONAP Casablanca release.  In addition Huawei is building the Digital Transformation service portfolio for Telcos around our ONAP-based AIDO (design time) and IES (runtime) platforms,” said Bill Ren, vice president, Network Industry & Ecosystem Development, Huawei Technologies Co., Ltfd. “In the future, Huawei will continue to contribute openly and extensively to the community. Huawei will also happily continue to collaborate with our customers to develop solutions for different business scenarios to enable digital transformation in the industry, and maximize business value.”

Reliance Jio
Robert Pippert, vice president, Technology Development Wireless & Common Platforms, Reliance Jio Infocomm, Ltd.: “ONAP is a key element in Reliance Jio’s MANO ecosystem.  Our transformation towards a Machine Learning-driven cognitive network continues to accelerate as we embrace the evolution towards 5G.”

Lenovo
“As a founding member of LF Networking and an early contributor to the OPNFV project, Lenovo is embracing open source initiatives that enable communications service providers to accelerate deployment time as part of their digital transformation,” said Charles Ferland, vice president and General Manager, Telco at Lenovo Data Center Group. “We are looking forward to leveraging the OVP certification program as part of the validation of our NFVi solutions and certification with our strategic independent software vendor (ISV) partners.”

Lumina Networks
“Lumina Networks is thrilled to be a contributor to the ONAP SDN-C Casablanca release, leveraging Lumina’s community leadership and ability to mature technology for operational readiness and deployment at our major service provider customers,” said Andrew Coward, CEO, Lumina Networks. “Our SDN controller Powered by OpenDaylight(TM) aligns perfectly to the ONAP charter to deliver the promise of new service innovation and better network automation without vendor lock-in.”

NEC/Netcracker
“As a platinum member, NEC/Netcracker has been actively involved in enhancing the architecture principles of ONAP with a particular focus in Casablanca on increasing the interoperability and modularity of sub systems,” said Aloke Tusnial, CTO SDN/NFV at Netcracker. “Casablanca represents the beginning of cloud native adoption in open source orchestration to support the upcoming evolution of VNFs to CNFs. NEC/Netcracker will continue our active engagement throughout the ONAP journey to cloud native  to enable new 5G use cases and edge workload orchestration.”

Nokia
“We are delighted to see the next ONAP release being launched. For managing and orchestrating networks and services end-to-end, we have been driving the support of virtualized and physical network functions running in hybrid networks, which will be the reality for a number of years to come,” said Antti Koskela, VP, Digital Operations at Nokia Software. “As a vendor providing true end-to-end solutions, we have also been expanding our cloud-wise services portfolio to allow full interoperability between ONAP, OPNFV, and Nokia or third- party network functions and management systems. We genuinely appreciate the attempt to combine ONAP and OPNFV verification.”

Orange
“Orange is fully engaged in the open source ecosystem contributing to industry alignment,” says Emmanuel Lugagne Delpon, senior vice president of Orange Labs Networks. “For the success of virtualization, we see alignment on a single automation solution as a must: ONAP is now part of our RFPs. OPNFV and the verification programme of  LFN are the bricks that will help to consolidate telco-grade infrastructure. Orange is strongly involved in those LFN projects, actively contributed to the ONAP Casablanca release and is offering an open platform to facilitate ONAP adoption by the community. Additionally, Orange is a leading contributor to OPNFV.”

Verizon
Srinivasa Kalapala, vice president, Global Technology & Supplier Strategy, Verizon: “We are pleased to see strong and growing developer ecosystem for ONAP and progress made by community in delivering Casablanca.  We anticipate that Casablanca will accelerate the adoption of ONAP with its focus on policy-driven orchestration, ETSI based NFV onboarding, stability and performance in support of real world deployments. The collaboration with ONAP underscores Verizon’s leadership in delivering market leading network services, while simplifying onboarding and operational functions.”

Vodafone
Fran Heeran, Group Head of Cloud & Automation, Vodafone: “Interoperability between service providers forms the very foundation of our industry. As we transform how we build and operate our services at a global scale, it is critical that the automation and orchestration we introduce in our own networks and services can extend securely beyond our boundaries. The capabilities we are developing with our partners and the contributions to the ONAP community will allow us to offer next generation networks services to our customers at global scale with speed and agility. Vodafone is committed to helping drive open standards as we transform service creation, deployment, orchestration and operations.”