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ONAP Guilin brings 5G open source automation for network slicing and O-RAN integration paving the way for cloud native architectures for telecom

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By Ranny Haiby, Samsung

ONAP Guilin

The ONAP community is excited to announce reaching a significant milestone – the general availability of Guilin, the 7th ONAP release. Named after the Chinese city of Guilin, which is an important junction of major waterways, this release delivers major functionality for several important Telecommunications use cases.

Our work on the Guilin release was aimed at addressing the needs of modern communications networks, with a focus on 5G wireless networks and open RAN. While adding new features related to these technologies, we have evolved ONAP capabilities in orchestrating the latest generation of network functions that utilize a cloud native architecture. During the release development phase, we made numerous improvements to the code quality, security, and maturity. The team working on integrating the software components and delivering the ONAP software introduced new testing tools and procedures that streamlined the process and will definitely make us even more efficient in future releases.

The new functionality in this release was prioritized based on a set of requirements driven by Communication Service Providers (CSPs). Either through their direct participation in ONAP, or through participation in LF Networking’s End User Advisory Group (EUAG). We feel that the Guilin release is ready to tackle many real-life use cases including, but not limited to:

  • 5G Network slicing – We demonstrated the capability of orchestrating network slices in all three domains – RAN, Transport, and Core
  • O-RAN Integration – We are proud to be part of industry wide collaboration around open Radio Access Networks. During the Guilin release we aligned the ONAP interfaces to be compatible with O-RAN Alliance specifications and the O-RAN Software Community modules.
  • Cloud Native Network Functions – Moving in parallel with the evolving architecture of the network functions ONAP orchestrates, the community significantly improved the way ONAP handles Cloud Network Functions (CNFs). It is now more aligned with the way ONAP handles VNFs and PNFs, leading the way to orchestrating hybrid network services using any combination of technologies.

We are always striving to make ONAP more efficient, secure, standard-aligned and simpler to use. This effort continued during the Guilin release and covered many aspects of the software. We have continued improving alignment with the latest specifications from ETSI-NFV and 3GPP, acknowledging the fact that standards compatibility is a key consideration for deployment in production networks. We introduced several improvements to the policy design and enforcement mechanisms. Based on experience from previous releases, we improved handling of Physical Network Functions (PNFs). We addressed many of the issues raised by our end users like support for IPv4/IPv6 dual stack that is crucial for 5G RAN.

In addition to functional enhancements, non-functional requirements are important to help productizing ONAP represent ~50% of the total scope of Guilin. These include advancements to the gating process, testing sets, and security.

With Guilin being the 7th release of ONAP, we realize the goal of keeping up with ever evolving needs of CSPs is a long-term task. That is why we invested in keeping up with the latest and greatest versions of our underlying software components, and constantly improving the ONAP platform itself. Some efforts are already in the works but require more than one software release to complete. Stay tuned for new and exciting software modules in the coming releases.

The ONAP community deserves a huge round of applause with this software release. Working tirelessly through a global pandemic, 260+ developers from 30 companies and 5 universities addressed 2,950 epics, user stories, tasks, and defects! We are proud to have this level of diversity and participation almost 4 years into the project.

Finally, any piece of software is useless without proper documentation and training. We welcome you to review the extensive documentation for Guilin made possible by the community here and we welcome new contributors: (Note: ReadtheDocs is the official project documentation). You can also take a sneak preview of a new, interactive Document Navigator in Beta here: and let us know your feedback. We are also pleased to announce that the Certified ONAP Professional (COP) exam has launched. Engineers who develop, deploy, and scale networks and services can now get grow and confirm their skills in this comprehensive module.

We are hopeful that our end users will find Guilin as exciting to use as it was for us developing it. Although our work is never done, this release brings the Telecommunications industry a step closer to fulfilling the promise of truly automated networks.

Learn more about Guilin here and learn how to get started with ONAP here.

The LFN Technical Meetings Go Virtual

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By Catherine Lefèvre – ONAP TSC Chair

The LF Networking communities from CNTT/OPNFV, and ONAP participated in the first ever LFN joint “virtual” conference as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The conference was redesigned from a 2 full-day Face-to-Face event to a 3 half-day virtual sessions. The sessions saw record levels of registrants (528) and attendees (370) with a diverse range of participants from operators, supplier companies, and universities, represented by 39 countries (36% located in EMEA, 35% from NAR/CALA, and 29% from APAC). 

The event contributed to the communities’ forward progress thorough this unprecedented time as 60+ presentations were shared including 4 joint cross-community sessions.

The ONAP agenda was organized into four tracks – Presentation of the next release requirement candidates (Guilin Planning); Reinforcement of our “Security by Design” principles; Continuation of our ETSI/CNF alignment and Others (Demonstrations, Test Automation/DevOps, Doc, Lesson Learned, etc.). The OPNFV/CNTT community had an equally packed three days covering key areas like Reference Model (RM), Reference Architectures (RA), and Reference Implementations (RI); including initiatives like OVP.

I was impressed by the high attendance numbers, the quality of the talks, the community members showing respect for others, the speakers meeting their time schedule, the level of engagement and cooperation during these discussions.

I also felt re-energized by the enthusiasm and the willingness of the ONAP Community to evolve towards a cloud native platform.

A virtual “happy hour” was also held to conclude this event, promoting socialization, a bit of fun, and personal connections. 

I encourage you to check out the 2020 April LFN Virtual Technical Event wiki to view the topics, meeting notes, presentations, and recordings.

To those who attended, thank you for trying our virtual event experience with us and sharing your feedback, we are all learning!

Based on initial comments, we will work with the Linux Foundation to create “more open collaboration time” for the next event along with other improvements. 

Our next “Virtual LFN Developer and Testing Forum” is scheduled  for June 22-25 to carry on the momentum. Save the date, stay tuned, and we hope to “virtually” see you there!

Scaling the Heights with the ONAP El Alto Release

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I’m pleased to report that the ONAP Technical Steering Committee signed-off on the 5th ONAP Release, El Alto, last week on October 24th, 2019.

El Alto, meaning “The Heights” in Spanish, is a city in Bolivia that represents the highest major metropolis in the world (4,150 m).

Originally considered to be a catch up release with no new blueprints or features and a compressed timeline, the ONAP community definitely reached “the heights” of open source development by delivering 2500+ epics, user stories, tasks, and defects addressed, marking a significant advance to the platform.

El Alto is driven by three themes:

  • Security by Design – seeking to make components with fewer vulnerabilities and more impervious to attack
  • Document as You Code – improving documentation, developing new user guides, and integrating Swagger for API documentation
  • Don’t Break the Build – increasing test coverage and E2E Test automation

El Alto also delivers several enhancements to existing features like Controller Designer Studio, UI Data Dictionary Screen Improvements for resource creation, HEAT & TOSCA based VNF validation enabled for support of OVP & CVC, VNF Preload Generation, and much more.

Finally, many tooling and process improvements were identified and implemented during this release such as doing Self-Serve project releases (increasing flexibility and responsiveness) and Release Automation Management that will directly benefit the upcoming releases.  And for the first time, we were able to executed a 4 month release cycle instead of the usual 6 months.

I invite you to learn more about the El Alto Release here:

What can you expect in the next ONAP Release, called “Frankfurt”?

The ONAP Technical Steering Committee is in the final stages of prioritizing the use cases and the requirements submitted by the ONAP Community. A new blue print, Third Party Operational Manager, will be contributed by Telstra while China Mobile will extend their CCVPN Blueprint, E-Line over OTN. Further enhancements are expected to improve PNF Management, Control Loop Self-Serve capabilities, our journey towards ETSI Alignment, and industry alignment with ORAN, amongst others.

The rise of open source communities increases the cross-collaboration willingness such as 5G/ORAN & 3GPP Harmonization, Acumos DCAE Integration.

On behalf of the ONAP TSC, I offer my sincere thanks to the ONAP Community for making this possible. The team’s tenacity and continued hard efforts have led to another successful release.

Way to go team! Let’s keep the ball rolling into Frankfurt!

ONAP Doubles-Down on Deployments, Drives Commercial Activity Across Open Source Networking Stack with ‘Dublin’ Release

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  • Continued community expansion and alignment  make ONAP center of gravity among Members, End Users, SIs, Vendors, OSS groups, and SDO organizations 
  • Major blueprints and 5G features focused on global deployments and scale
  • ONAP now plays an integral role in compliance and verification program (OVP)
  • Increased adoption and commercial ecosystem support reaches mainstream tipping point

San Francisco, July 9, 2019 – LF Networking (LFN), which facilitates collaboration and operational excellence across open networking projects, today announced the availability of ONAP Dublin and the addition of six new members. ONAP’s fourth release, Dublin, brings an uptick in commercial activity –  including new deployment plans from major operators (including Deutsche Telekom, KDDI, Swisscom, Telecom Italia, and Telstra) and ONAP-based products and solutions from more than a dozen leading vendors – and has become the focal point for industry alignment around management and orchestration of the open networking stack, standards, and more. 

Combined with the availability of ONAP Dublin, the addition of new members (Aarna Networks, Loodse, the LIONS Center at Pennsylvania State University, Matrixx Software, VoerEir AB, and XCloud Networks) continues LFN’s global drumbeat of ecosystem growth for accelerated development and adoption of open source and open standards-based networking technologies. 

“It’s great to see such robust ecosystem growth with new deployments, new commercial adoption, and new members,” said Arpit Joshipura, general manager, Networking, Orchestration, Edge & IoT, the Linux Foundation. “ONAP is now a focal point for industry alignment around MANO, conformance and verification, and standards collaboration. Dublin specifically brings 5G network automation for secure, standards-aligned global deployments on any cloud of any size or location.” 

“Beyond the technical accomplishments, Dublin highlights the maturity of our ONAP Community,” said Catherine Lefèvre, ONAP TSC Chair. “The relationship between carriers and vendors has grown even stronger through cooperation in many areas, including development, security and integration. For example, Swisscom and Samsung played significant roles in this release. Their collaboration with other carriers and vendors highlights the ‘innovate together’ spirit that prevails within the ONAP community. Swisscom drove the broadband service use case, collaborating with member vendors of the ONAP open source community in development and testing. Samsung performed penetration tests that identified new requirements that were taken up as a priority by the ONAP Security Subcommittee led by Orange.”

End-User Deployments Drive Commercial Activity with ONAP Dublin
Telcos and vendors alike announced new production deployments of ONAP during the Dublin release cycle. Major operators leverage ONAP to enhance consumer mobility services (AT&T) and monitor the quality of network management system access across several European countries (Orange). Concurrently, carriers including Bringcom, China Mobile, China Telecom, Deutsche Telekom, KT, Reliance Jio, Swisscom Turk Telecom,Telstra, and TIM conduct testing, PoCs, or trials that may result in additional production deployments by the end of 2019. 

On the vendor side, Aarna Networks, Amdocs, BOCO, Huawei, and ZTE announced a pure-play ONAP distribution or products based on ONAP. In addition, new demos and support services were made available by Accenture, Ampere, Arris, Ciena,  Ericsson, iconectiv, Netsia, Nokia, Pantheon, Ribbon, Rift, Tech Mahindra, and Wipro. 

The latest deployments signal ONAP’s continued growth among end users.

Additional updates in ONAP Dublin include:

  • New and Enhanced Blueprints:  
    • Dublin introduces a new residential connectivity blueprintBroadband Service, to demonstrate multi-gigabit residential connectivity over PON using ONAP. 
    • The multi-release 5G blueprint adds enhancements to PNF support, performance management, fault management (PM, FM) monitoring, homing using the physical cell ID (PCI), and progress on modeling to support end-to-end network slicing in subsequent releases. 
    • The CCVPN blueprint now includes dynamic addition of services and bandwidth on-demand.
  • OVP Enhancements: In April, an expanded OPNFV Verification Program (OVP) was launched that includes VNF verification through publicly-available VNF compliance test tooling based on requirements developed within the ONAP community. While OVP checks against industry-wide requirements, it does not check VNF compliance against operator-specific requirements (e.g. VM flavors, dataplane acceleration technologies, and so on). For this reason, Dublin adds a Vendor Software Product (VSP) compliance check in SDC to fill this gap.
  • Standards Alignment: Illustrating the significance of ONAP both as a reference architecture and reference code for an automation platform, LF Networking collaborates with standards bodies (e.g. 3GPP, ETSI NFV ISG, ETSI ZSM ISG, MEF, and TM Forum) to provide reference architectures for standards development. (For more information on how open source and open standards are collaborating, watch this keynote panel discussion from Open Networking Summit North America). 

More details on ONAP Dublin are available at this link. ONAP’s next release, El Alto, is expected later this year and will include minor requirement updates focused on S3P, among other enhancements. 

New LFN Members

The newest LFN members will work alongside the 100+ existing member organizations to drive development, testing and implementation of LFN’s networking projects, including FD.ioONAPOPNFVOpenDaylightPNDASNAS, and Tungsten Fabric. Aarna Networks, Loodse, Matrixx, VoerEir AB, and  XCloud Networks join as Silver members while the LIONS Center at Pennsylvania State University is the newest Associate member. 

Upcoming Community Events

Open Networking Summit Europe, the industry’s premier open networking event enabling collaborative development and innovation across enterprises, service providers and cloud providers, takes place September 23-25 in Antwerp, Belgium. Early Bird registration runs through July 28th.

Support from New and Existing LFN  Members:

Aarna Networks
“5G and edge computing are a once in a generation disruption that will fundamentally transform enterprise and telecom networks. This new world will be software driven using technologies such as NFV, SDN, and cloud computing, and will require sophisticated orchestration, management, and automation,” said Amar Kapadia, co-founder at Aarna Networks. “By Joining LF Networking, we can collaborate more deeply with the ONAP community and related projects such as OpenDaylight, Tungsten Fabric, and PNDA.”

“The Dublin release represents a major leap forward in third-party vendor and carrier support of ONAP,” said David Lu, vice president, SDN Platform & Systems, AT&T. “With more vendors now utilizing ONAP to offer new services and solutions, this latest release marks a tremendous win in ONAP’s platform strategy and in the continued effort to expand community and industry adoption. Additionally, the Dublin release not only provides many new automation features in support of the DevOps model, but also supports the TM-Forum Open API initiative and the BOS
Catalyst project, both of which demonstrate the success of the ONAP platform for industry mainstream automation and transformation.”

“Congratulations to the ONAP community on their Dublin release,” said Anders Rosengren, Head of Architecture & Technology, Business Unit – Digital Services, Ericsson. “Ericsson is at the forefront of 5G evolution driving innovation across cloud native, AI/ML, Automation, Orchestration, Edge computing and supporting and contributing code to various open source projects. In ONAP, Ericsson is one of the leading contributors of code. We are looking forward to continuous growth of ONAP to support more use cases across 5G, cloud native and Edge in the coming releases.”

“We are happy to see the release of the fourth version of ONAP, which is more mature and easier to deploy. The new use case of broadband service (BBS) which Huawei collaborated with Swisscom has once again proved ONAP’s powerful platform capabilities and wide adaptability. The telecom industry has taken a big step forward in building a unified network automation de-facto standard based on ONAP. We will continue to work with industry partners to make contributions to a more efficient, open and prosperous ecosystem for the network industry,” said Bill Ren, Chief Open Source Liaison Officer, Huawei

“By joining LF Networking, we look forward to contributing to innovations in cloud native networking and bringing the communities together for mutual benefit,” said Sebastian Steele, co-founder and CEO, Loodse. “With our practical experience, we can help LF Networking to integrate a cloud native and Kubernetes perspective into its projects and find solutions for real-world use-cases. And, personally, I look of course forward to getting to know many members of the community at industry events.”  

MATRIXX Software
“MATRIXX is extremely pleased to join the LF Networking group at a time when cloud native network functions and open source are more important than ever for service providers,” said Marc Price, Global CTO of MATRIXX Software. “As a Silicon Valley based company committed to innovation and digital disruption, MATRIXX is uniquely positioned to aid LF Networking members as we advance a new generation of services inspired by web scale best practices.”

“With ONAP Dublin release, Nokia has been driving ONAP support for 5G readiness and enhancing the service domains beyond the initial scope – towards 5G radio, edge cloud and fixed broadband. Supporting virtualized and physical network functions in all of these domains is key for managing and orchestrating networks and services end-to-end,” said Ron Haberman, Chief Technology Officer, Nokia Software. “The support of open source projects like ONAP, complementing and integrating with our commercial solutions, remains an integral part in Nokia’s overall portfolio strategy as an end-to-end solution provider. Consequently, openness, interoperability, and usability are key design principles we are pushing together with our partners in each release.”

“Orange strongly believes that ONAP is the solution to align industry for network automation” said Emmanuel Bidet, vice president of Orange Labs Networks on Core Networks, Automation and Security. Orange adopts a pragmatic step-by-step approach by deploying in production a subset of ONAP components to monitor the quality of network management system access in several European countries. Orange also setup a comprehensive 18 days ONAP training to facilitate ONAP adoption in the company. We also see significant move in the community to better align the priorities with the operational requirements. As a founding member of ONAP, Orange is still increasing its commitment  to ONAP evolution aligned with our business priorities. In addition to the community OpenLab platform used by 150+ users , Orange leads the ONAP security subcommittee and introduced a new chain tool to improve the ONAP CI/CD process. Orange is also acting to align ONAP with standardization bodies (TMF, ETSI/NFV, 3GPP …).”

“Open source software is in the core of most of Swisscom’s products and internal systems and platforms. We believe that the LFN projects, and especially ONAP, play a key role in making the telecom industry more open.” said David Pérez Caparrós, Lead DevOps Engineer, Swisscom. “At Swisscom, we strive for high levels of automation and seek for a more standardized way to build the next generation of our current net-near IT platforms. We are evaluating how ONAP can help us to achieve that goal. As a first step, the BBS (Broadband Service) use case leverages ONAP’s  automation capabilities to enable our customers to move their CPE with services automatically configured at the new location – this helps increase customer satisfaction, while reducing operational costs and complexity in IT procedures.”

VoerEir AB
“As networks transform to open source it is important that the industry come together to work collectively on clear technical demarcation points to reach the next level of maturity,” said Patric Lind CEO of VoerEir AB.  “We have, for the last few years, been active in the OPNFV, Open Networking Summit and other open source communities and are excited to take an even more active role. The maturity of open source changes the focus towards the areas of interoperability and production-grade networks where we believe VoerEir AB has a lot to contribute.”

XCloud Networks
“XCloud is excited to support LF Networking and work with the great minds moving the industry forward,” said Alex Saroyan, Founder & CEO, XCloud. “We strongly believe that the future data center will encompass, in part, the agility to enable the network to become a part of the computing fabric. After learning from customers for more than two years we are focused on bringing to market the tooling and service required to facilitate this change. By joining LF Networking we are hoping to meet the folks in the industry ready to deliver solutions in line with the vision established by the open networking community.” 

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Opening up for the automated future of multi-gigabit broadband

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Originally posted on the Nokia Blog

It’s always a proud moment when something you’ve nurtured for so long starts to bear fruit.

I’ve blogged before about why Nokia keeps pushing openness and taking a leading role in initiatives like OB-BAA and ONAP, and why we also champion standardization efforts in the BBF and ETSI NFV. It’s increasingly evident that open software architectures will renew the focus on true product differentiation and stimulate collaborative development between telecom vendors and service providers.

This week at the Open Networking Summit North America 2019 we will celebrate another milestone in the path to openness with the first demonstration of how fixed access broadband services (BBS) can be automated with ONAP’s 4th release, the Dublin release.

For those not so familiar with ONAP, it’s the latest shining example of what can be achieved with open networking cooperation. The ONAP community aims to create a global service and network orchestration and automation platform for all domains: 5G, enterprise and fixed access. This is a milestone in applying ONAP to the fixed access domain.

The goal here is to deliver operational excellence and the best customer experience in the design, provisioning and management of multi-gigabit broadband services. We’re demonstrating the extensibility of the ONAP platform in supporting the orchestration of fixed access services across different locations (Central Office and Core) and technology domains (Access and Edge).

Nokia has been particularly active in expanding ONAP’s ability to manage and orchestrate not only virtualized but also physical network functions. This is crucial as we know that operators’ fixed networks will be in a hybrid state, with software-defined elements existing alongside traditional network elements, for many years to come.

We’ve built openness into our software-defined access network (SDAN) solutions from the ground up. The model-based, policy-driven and vendor-agnostic automation found in Nokia Altiplano cloud native access platform can be complemented by ONAP or any other truly open networking solution, giving our customers the freedom to architect and adopt what’s right for their networks. The crux is to become more responsive to future service and network innovations and reduce the lengthy development and integration cycles needed to evolve traditional OSS management software architectures.

Looking ahead, we expect ONAP to play an important role in the industry alignment and feed back into traditional standards developing organizations for automation in fixed access. This is why the BBS use case relies heavily on using open standards such as the BBF CloudCO Architectural Framework and TMF’s Open APIs. 

Join us at Open Networking Summit North America 2019 to see the demonstration on the Linux Foundation Networking booth and hear from Nokia’s Tim Carey and others about how we’re planning to continue this journey with ONAP. The event is an excellent opportunity to witness the latest developments in cloud-native networking and next-gen SDN, so I really hope you can come along.

Share your thoughts on this topic by joining the Twitter discussion with @nokianetworks or @nokia using #SDN #NFV #automation

Nokia proudly presents: OPNFV Gambia Plugfest and ONAP Dublin Developer Forum

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By Timo Perälä, Nokia

The new year will see more than 200 engineers from all over the world gather at our Paris-Saclay site for a Nokia hosted open source event – the jointly held OPNFV Gambia release Plugfest and ONAP Dublin release Developer Forum.

As a founder and active participant in both projects, Nokia is committed to their success and I’m looking forward to an event where the focus is on openness and collaboration. Based on the experience of hosting the ONAP Developer event little more than a year ago at the same site, I’m confident the event will be a success!

For ONAP, the Dublin release Developer Forum is a critical step in defining and agreeing the contents of the Dublin release, to be ready in mid-2019. Nokia has been a major contributor to ONAP, being especially active in expanding ONAP’s ability to manage and orchestrate not only virtualized but also physical network functions. Together with colleagues, we plan to continue this journey for the ONAP Dublin release and beyond.

The OPNFV Plugfest focuses on the Gambia release, allowing developers to fine tune it for different hardware variants, while also providing an opportunity for OPNFV project members to meet and discuss their plans for the Hunter release.

Holding the OPNFV Plugfest concurrently with ONAP helps lay the foundation for future VNF verification and certification activities, a major aspect of ONAP from the very beginning.

In addition to compliance and verification, the OPNFV and ONAP cross-project collaboration topics include automated testing, CI/CD, Lab-as-a-Service and infrastructure, all the way to documentation.

Such cross-project collaboration is a proof of the synergy benefits between the open source projects hosted by Linux Foundation. This was the aim of Nokia and other member companies when creating the Linux Foundation Networking fund, an umbrella organization within Linux Foundation to bring various networking open source projects closer together and coordinate their activities.

In addition to hosting and contributing to the co-located event, Nokia will have demonstrations of our lightning fast 5G networks and cutting-edge open hardware for the network edge.

The event is an excellent opportunity to witness the latest developments in open source networking projects, so I really hope you can come along. In addition to in-person participation, remote access to sessions will also be provided.

Please note that prior registration is required – please register as soon as possible at

The agenda for the event, currently being finalized, is here:

Share your thoughts on this topic by joining the Twitter discussion with @nokia and @nokianetworks using #OPNFV #ONAP #NFV #cloud

See the original post on the Nokia Blog here.

ONAP Casablanca & LFN Ecosystem Updates: Supporting Comments from Members

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“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 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.”

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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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 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.”

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.”

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.”

ONAP Releases Casablanca, Enhances Deployment Capabilities Across Open Source Networking Stack

By Announcement

New releases from ONAP and OPNFV advance NFV testing, orchestration & automation, as Accenture joins at the Gold level

San Francisco, December 4, 2018 LF Networking (LFN), which facilitates collaboration and operational excellence across open networking projects, today announced continued progress to ease deployments across the open source networking stack. New platform releases from ONAP (Casablanca) and OPNFV (Gambia) bring additional support for cross-stack deployments across new and existing use cases such as 5G and Cross-Carrier VPN (CCVPN), as well as enhancements to cloud-native VPN. Additionally, the organization’s compliance and verification program recently announced its expansion into virtual network functions (VNF) testing and is now recruiting Beta participants. VNF testing will help ease deployment pains and improve VNF quality and interoperability across real-world deployments.

“New and enhanced deployments of our platforms are popping up every day across the globe, and with tighter cross-community integration and an expanded compliance and verification program, we are well-positioned to facilitate innovative industry progress,” said Arpit Joshipura, general manager, networking, the Linux Foundation. “The latest releases of ONAP and OPNFV usher in a new era for LFN as the community continues to foster an expanding commercial ecosystem.”

“We are pleased with the continued growth and the diversity of contributors to ONAP, a key project within Linux Foundation Networking. The Casablanca release is a major step forward for this effort.  With wide-scale service provider and equipment supplier participation, ONAP is becoming the de facto automation platform for carrier grade service provider networks,” said Chris Rice, senior vice president of Network Cloud & Infrastructure at AT&T and Board Chair, LF Networking. “AT&T remains committed to actively contributing new code; leading technical areas; partnering on new 5G initiatives; orchestrating services across VNFs, PNFs, and soon CNFs (Container Network Functions), as well as developing leading edge, model driven platform enhancements like the Controller Design Studio.”

New Platform Releases Enhance Deployability

Together, LFN projects are crossing the open networking chasm by maturing capabilities that enhance deployability across an expanding commercial ecosystem. Supported by a growing list of top vendors, carriers, and other organizations, ONAP which brings together top global carriers and vendors with the goal of allowing end users to automate, design, orchestrate and manage services and virtual functions has expanded into a truly scalable platform with multiple, parallel threads. OPNFV a system-level integrations, deployment, testing and feature development project advances the state of NFV around cloud native and moves toward implementing continuous delivery (CD) to better support DevOps (a model that is growing importance to communication service providers) and infrastructure automation.

Key enhancements included in each release:

  • ONAP Casablanca introduces two new blueprints, sets the stage for a rich VNF ecosystem to emerge around ONAP, demonstrates community expansion, and adds new functionality making ONAP suitable for global deployment.
  • Building on a common theme of automation enhancements across LFN, OPNFV Gambia progresses the state of NFV around continuous delivery, cloud native network functions (CNFs), testing, carrier-grade NFVI features and upstream project integration. OPNFV was a pioneer with NFV continuous integration and is now taking a first step towards DevOps and continuous delivery.

Compliance and Verification Expands

Concurrently, expansion of the OPNFV Verification Program (OVP) is underway. Initially started as a program to test and verify the readiness and availability of commercial NFV NFVI/VIM products based on OPNFV functional testing capabilities, OVP is broadening its purview in 2019 to include testing and verification of VNF applications as well as third-party lab support. VNF testing will soon be in beta with active code that includes VNFSDK testing code. Vendors are encouraged to participate by submitting their VNFs for early testing to help shape the direction and future of virtualized deployments.

More details on ONAP Casablanca are available at this link and details on OPNFV Gambia can be found here. To learn about how to get involved in the compliance and verification program or to submit a VNF for testing send queries to  

Accenture Joins LFN

Additionally, LFN is excited to announce that Accenture has joined the project at the Gold level. Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Accenture joins additional Gold members Aptira, Inocybe Technologies, Lumina Networks, Microsoft and Telstra.

“ONAP continues to make great progress to help the industry evolve toward programmable network platform architecture via groundbreaking innovation and the ability to orchestrate cross-domain services,” said Amol Phadke, a managing director at Accenture and the company’s Global Network Strategy and Portfolio lead. “We are bringing a comprehensive and customizable ‘as a Service’ solution to the ONAP community that service providers can leverage and operationalize using a vendor-agnostic open-source approach.”  

Upcoming Community Events

LFN will be onsite at KubeCon+CloudNativeCon North America in Seattle, December 10-13, 2018. Join us to learn how LFN projects enable cloud native network functions (CNFs) and integrate across the container landscape. More information about the event, including registration, full agenda and details on the co-located Mini Summit, are available here:

The next ONAP Developer Design Forum will be conducted jointly with the OPNFV Gambia Plugfest in Paris, France from January 8-11, 2019. The event  will focus on Dublin release planning and explore various synergies with OPNFV as well as provide a forum for beta testing VNF compliance. Both members and non-members are welcome to attend the co-located events. Learn more here:

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vCPE Blueprint in ONAP

By Blog

This post originally appeared on Arana Networks. Republished with permission.

This blog explains deployment details (using TOSCA/HEAT templates) of some of the important services of the vCPE blueprint in ONAP. It assumes that the reader is familiar with vCPE use case (for which there are several blogs/video available, including a free book from Aarna Networks — ONAP Demystified, or the ONAP Confluence page).

The following block diagram provides an overview of the end to end service of vCPE, and how various constituent services are linked together.

vCPE end to end use case comprises of several services (some of which are optional, and will be replaced by equivalent services already existing in CSP’s environment), each of which contains one or more VNF’s and/or VL’s.

  1. vCPE General Infra Service

  2. vG MUX Infra ServicevBNG Service

  3. vBNG MUX Service

  4. vBRG Emulation

  5. vCPE Customer Service

This blog shows details of some of these services, and their associated model templates.

vCPE General Infra

This service consists of vDHCP, vAAA and vDNS VNF’s connected by 2 virtual links (VLs) – cpe_signal and cpe_public, both of which are Openstack Neutron networks. The cpe_public link is also connected to a Web Server.

Now, let us examine the Infra Service in SDC Catalog for its constituent components and their details.

The composition of this service is as follows, which shows the virtual links (VLs) and the VF that makes up all the VNF’s:

The CSAR file for this service contains the following details:

The service is modeled (in TOSCA and HEAT templates) as follows:

Notice that the 2 networks (CPE_PUBLIC and CPE_SIGNAL) are modeled in HEAT, and so is the VF module that contains VM’s for all the VNF’s (vDHCP, vAAA and vDNS + vDHCP). The TOSCA template includes node_templates for all the HEAT templates. The TOSCA model definition file for this service can be found here.

Let us take a closer look at the Environment file (base_vcpe_infra.env) of this service.


  cloud_env: “openstack”

  cpe_public_net_cidr: “”

  cpe_public_net_id: “zdfw1cpe01_public”

  cpe_public_subnet_id: “zdfw1cpe01_sub_public”

  cpe_signal_net_cidr: “”

  cpe_signal_net_id: “zdfw1cpe01_private”

  cpe_signal_subnet_id: “zdfw1cpe01_sub_private”

  dcae_collector_ip: “”

  dcae_collector_port: “8081”

  demo_artifacts_version: “1.2.0”

  install_script_version: “1.2.0-SNAPSHOT”

  key_name: “vaaa_key”

  mr_ip_addr: “”

  onap_private_net_cidr: “”

  onap_private_net_id: “ext-net”

  onap_private_subnet_id: “ext-net”

  pub_key: “ssh-rsa AAAAB3NzaC1yc2EAAAADAQABAAABAQDQXYJYYi3/OUZXUiCYWdtc7K0m5C0dJKVxPG0eI8EWZrEHYdfYe6WoTSDJCww+1qlBSpA5ac/Ba4Wn9vh+lR1vtUKkyIC/nrYb90ReUd385Glkgzrfh5HdR5y5S2cL/Frh86lAn9r6b3iWTJD8wBwXFyoe1S2nMTOIuG4RPNvfmyCTYVh8XTCCE8HPvh3xv2r4egawG1P4Q4UDwk+hDBXThY2KS8M5/8EMyxHV0ImpLbpYCTBA6KYDIRtqmgS6iKyy8v2D1aSY5mc9J0T5t9S2Gv+VZQNWQDDKNFnxqYaAo1uEoq/i1q63XC5AD3ckXb2VT6dp23BQMdDfbHyUWfJN”

  public_net_id: “2da53890-5b54-4d29-81f7-3185110636ed”

  repo_url_artifacts: “”

  repo_url_blob: “”

  vaaa_name_0: “zdcpe1cpe01aaa01”

  vaaa_private_ip_0: “”

  vaaa_private_ip_1: “”

  vcpe_flavor_name: “onap.medium”

  vcpe_image_name: “ubuntu-16.04-daily”

  vdhcp_name_0: “zdcpe1cpe01dhcp01”

  vdhcp_private_ip_0: “”

  vdhcp_private_ip_1: “”

  vdns_name_0: “zdcpe1cpe01dns01”

  vdns_private_ip_0: “”

  vdns_private_ip_1: “”

  vf_module_id: “vCPE_Intrastructure”

  vnf_id: “vCPE_Infrastructure_demo_app”

  vweb_name_0: “zdcpe1cpe01web01”

  vweb_private_ip_0: “”

  vweb_private_ip_1: “”

Note the details about the constituent VNF’s (vAAA, vDHCP, vDNS and vWEB_Server), including their IP addresses, and the network addresses of the VL’s that these VNF’s are connected to (cpe_signal and cpe_public). For eg., vDHCP & vAAA are connected to cpe_signal network (10.4.x.x), and vDNS and vWebServer are connected to cpe_public network (10.2.x.x). Also, DCAE Collector service is connected at 10.0.4.x IP address.

Now, let us look at some of the interesting fields of HEAT template (base_vcpe_infra.yaml) of this service. This contains details about all the VNF’s that are part of this service, and how they will be instantiated using HEAT. Complete copy of the HEAT template can be found here.

heat_template_version: 2013-05-23

description: Heat template to deploy vCPE Infrastructure elements (vAAA, vDHCP, vDNS_DHCP, webServer)


#            #


#            #




    type: string

    label: Image name or ID

    description: Image to be used for compute instance



    type: string

    label: vAAA private network name or ID

    description: Private network that connects vAAA with vDNSs



    type: string

    label: vCPE Public network (emulates internet) name or ID

    description: Private network that connects vGW to emulated internet



    type: string

    label: vAAA private IP address towards the CPE_SIGNAL private network

    description: Private IP address that is assigned to the vAAA to communicate with the vCPE components



    type: string

    label: vDNS private IP address towards the CPE_PUBLIC private network



    type: string

    label: vDHCP  private IP address towards the CPE_SIGNAL private network

    description: Private IP address that is assigned to the vDHCP to communicate with the vCPE components



    type: string

    label: vWEB private IP address towards the CPE_PUBLIC private network

    description: Private IP address that is assigned to the vWEB to communicate with the vGWs




    type: string

    label: DCAE collector IP address

    description: IP address of the DCAE collector



#           #


#           #




  # Virtual AAA server Instantiation


    type: OS::Neutron::Port


      network: { get_param: cpe_signal_net_id }

      fixed_ips: [{“subnet”: { get_param: cpe_signal_subnet_id }, “ip_address”: { get_param: vaaa_private_ip_0 }}]



    type: OS::Nova::Server



          template: |


            # Create configuration files

            mkdir /opt/config

            echo “__dcae_collector_ip__” > /opt/config/dcae_collector_ip.txt


            # Download and run install script

            curl -k __repo_url_blob__/org.onap.demo/vnfs/vcpe/__install_script_version__/ -o /opt/

            cd /opt

            chmod +x


Note the details about various VNF’s (vAAA, vDHCP, vDNS and vWebServer) and the VL’s (Neutron networks – cpe_signal which connects vAAA with vDNS VNF’s and cpe_public, which connects vGW service to Emulate Internet) that are part of the Infrastructure service. Also note the vAAA instantiation, and details of DCAE Collector IP address, and the installation script ( in vAAA VNF. Other VNFs (vDNS, vDHCP & vWebserver) have been left out but you can refer to the link above for these details in the HEAT template file.

In the next blog, we will examine other Services and their details.

In the meantime check out our latest webinar on “What’s new in ONAP Beijing” or request ONAP training if you/your team needs to learn more.