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Telco Transformation: AT&T’s Chris Rice on ONAP’s Key Challenge

By In The News

In his many presentations on ECOMP, leading up to its introduction into open source and its merger with OPEN-O into the ONAP, AT&T’s Chris Rice often cited the need for virtual networks functions to be more like Lego blocks and less like snowflakes.

Rice, senior vice president of AT&T Labs , isn’t expecting VNF onboarding to be child’s play, but he is hoping for simple processes that can be automated and replicated. And he tells Telco Transformation in part two of this interview from the Open Networking Summit that’s a key challenge for ONAP . See AT&T’s Chris Rice Details ECOMP & OPEN-O Merger for Part 1 of this interview.


Converge! Network Digest: Coriant Backs ONAP Project

By In The News

Coriant announced its support for the Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) Project to help accelerate industry adoption of standards-based Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) capabilities that orchestrate and automate service delivery in cloud-centric, SDN-controlled networks.


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

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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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Reliance Jio Joins Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) Project

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Largest 4G and mobile data service provider in India joins leading global carriers and vendors in ONAP to accelerate open source innovation and automation

OPEN NETWORKING SUMMIT 2017 (SANTA CLARA, CA), April 3, 2017 – The Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP)Project today announced that Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited (Jio) has joined as a Platinum member. The addition of Jio, a top telecommunications, digital platform and services provider in India, to a project that has brought together open source community members and industry leaders from Asia, Europe and North America serves to further differentiate ONAP as the fastest-growing open networking initiative. Jio’s membership demonstrates the company’s commitment to work with open source communities to help drive innovation across the telecommunication industry, including software-defined networks (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV).

ONAP is a collaborative open source project hosted by The Linux Foundation and formed in February through the combination of AT&T’s ECOMP and The Linux Foundation’s Open Orchestrator Project (OPEN-O). The two projects joined under ONAP to develop an open software platform for real-time, policy-driven software automation of virtual network functions. ONAP enables software, network and cloud provider companies as well as open source community developers to collaborate in an open ecosystem, encouraging rapid creation of new services and innovation.

ONAP is one of the largest open source networking initiatives, with members including Amdocs, AT&T, Bell Canada, China Mobile, China Telecom, Cisco, Ericsson, GigaSpaces, Huawei, IBM, Intel, Nokia, Orange, Tech Mahindra, VMware, ZTE and other leading network operators, OEMs and platform providers. Jio is the first India-based operator to join ONAP.

ONAP Members Welcome World’s Largest Data Carrier

Reliance Jio, a subsidiary of Reliance Industries Limited, has built a world-class, all-IP network with 4G LTE technology. It is the only network created as a mobile video network from the ground up and supporting voice over LTE technology. Jio has become the largest operator globally in terms of data carried across its nationwide 4G network.

“We are excited Reliance Jio is joining ONAP as a Platinum member,” said Chris Rice, ONAP Chair and Senior Vice President of AT&T Labs. “The company’s membership continues to expand ONAP’s global reach as we push toward the acceptance of ONAP as the global, industry platform for SDN and NFV. ONAP aims to create and foster a dynamic community for networking automation and we look forward to Reliance Jio’s support.”

“We are especially excited to collaborate with the ONAP community, using our respective assets and resources in the open source community,” said Mathew Oommen, President of Reliance Jio. “By working with AT&T, The Linux Foundation and other ONAP members, we look forward to contributing towards a fundamental shift in the framework of telecommunications to a cloud-centric digital platform that developers, partners and customers alike can shape to deliver value.”

Jio’s participation in ONAP reaffirms its dedication to aggressive network transformation utilizing open source platforms to evolve beyond its all-IP and rich media services 4G LTE network. By contributing to open source initiatives, Jio supports rapid delivery of innovative and affordable services across wireless, wireline, content and at-home services.

“Jio is committed to being an active participant in driving the ONAP ecosystem by contributing to the project, driving efficiency and further enhancing its service creation, delivery and management capabilities,” said Mr. Oommen.

To further its work in open source to support The Linux Foundation and next-gen service innovation and development, Jio is creating global centers of excellence, providing resources for driving new programs and initiatives. Jio’s Platinum membership in ONAP provides a platform for accelerating these efforts.

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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The Linux Foundation Announces Merger of Open Source ECOMP and OPEN-O to Form New Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) Project

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Top Carriers and Vendors Back Groundbreaking Global Initiative Uniting Two Major Networking and Orchestration Projects

SAN FRANCISCO, February 23, 2017 – The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit advancing professional open source management for mass collaboration, today announced the merger of open source ECOMP and Open Orchestrator Project (OPEN-O) to create the new Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) Project. ONAP will allow end users to automate, design, orchestrate, and manage services and virtual functions.

AT&T, China Mobile and the world’s leading operators are driving ONAP with a diverse group of founding members. Founding Platinum members include Amdocs, AT&T, Bell Canada, China Mobile, China Telecom, Cisco, Ericsson, GigaSpaces, Huawei, IBM, Intel, Nokia, Orange, Tech Mahindra, VMware and ZTE. Silver members of ONAP are ARM, BOCO Inter-Telecom, Canonical, China Unicom, Cloudbase Solutions, Metaswitch and Raisecom.

By combining two of the largest open source networking initiatives, the community is able to take advantage of the best architectural components of both projects,” said Jim Zemlin, Executive Director of The Linux Foundation. “We’re excited to see the industry coalesce around ONAP with this unprecedented merger. Such a broad effort and investment will expedite our vision to deliver an open platform for network automation.”

Alignment of the two projects creates a harmonized and comprehensive framework for real-time, policy-driven software automation of virtual network functions that will enable software, network, IT and cloud providers and developers to rapidly create new services. By consolidating member resources, ONAP is well positioned to deliver a unified architecture and implementation, with an open standards upstream focus, faster than any one project could on its own.

The Linux Foundation will establish a governance and membership structure for ONAP to nurture a vibrant technical community. A Governing Board will guide business decisions, marketing and ensure alignment between the technical communities and members. The technical steering committee will provide leadership on the code merge and guide the technical direction of ONAP.

Many ONAP members and developers working to advance this sophisticated automation platform will be participating in the upcoming Mobile World Congress, to be held February 27-March 2 in Barcelona, and Open Networking Summit (ONS), to be held April 3-6 in Santa Clara, CA.

Supporting Quotes:


“The merging of open source ECOMP and OPEN-O will create the de facto industry standard for NFV/SDN automation and accelerate industry adoption by service providers and the vendor ecosystem. Open source ECOMP brings a holistic approach based on production-proven software–the foundation upon which ONAP is being developed. As co-creator of ECOMP along with AT&T, we bring core platform expertise and a unique end-to-end perspective that enables the ONAP project to deliver tangible value to global service providers and provide innovative virtual services faster.”

— Anthony Goonetilleke, Group President, Amdocs Technology


“AT&T is excited to be working with a larger team on the future, open source network operating system for SDN automation. Creating a combined team of the initial open source ECOMP members with existing OPEN-O members bodes well for the project’s success. I want to thank the people at CMCC and Huawei, along with Jim Zemlin and Arpit Joshipura at The Linux Foundation who worked so hard with us to make this happen. We expect more consolidation in this space, and we expect many more service providers and other technology leaders to join us in this important work, which benefits the entire industry.”

–Chris Rice, SVP of Domain 2.0 Architecture and Design at AT&T

Bell Canada

“Bell Canada believes broader industry coordination and the creation of ONAP is the fastest path to development of a winning orchestration platform. We are excited to see the industry unifying around open source and a new network approach that is faster, more efficient and ultimately more responsive to the needs of businesses and consumers.”

–Petri Lyytikainen, VP Network Strategy, Services and Management at Bell Canada

China Mobile

“It is well accepted that SDN/NFV plays a key role to the carrier transformation, where automation of management and orchestration is one of the most critical enablers. Hence China Mobile has long been investing resources in the orchestrator development, and launched OPEN-O open source project with partners. In order to cohere efforts, to avoid fragmentation, and to accelerate the transformation of operators, China Mobile, AT&T and The Linux Foundation, finally reached consensus after several rounds of discussion. We are pleased to embrace the birth of the new project ONAP. It is our firm belief that, as the world’s two largest telecom operators, the close collaboration in ONAP between China Mobile and AT&T, will accelerate the carrier network evolution with a strong impact on the industry globally. We sincerely hope that more industry partners would join hands with us in ONAP to promote industrial prosperity.”

–Madam Yang Zhiqiang, Deputy General Manager, China Mobile Research Institute

China Telecom

“China Telecom is now undertaking CTNet2025 network transformation, aiming to build up a concise, agile, open and integrated network. This new combined ONAP platform will enable the full lifecycle management of cloud-centric, software-controlled networks, and consequently expedite the design of a new network operation system, which is considered to play a critical role in our plan. As a founding member of ONAP, China Telecom will continuously work together with other operators and partners in the community to further promote technological innovation. We have great confidence the in prosperity of the future ecosystem.”

–Ms. Shaoai Shen, Deputy General Manager, Technology Department of China Telecom


“The movement up-stack in Open Source Networking is a fantastic path towards a full umbrella architecture for Service Providers and Enterprises. ONAP is a great opportunity for the industry to work together towards the goal of a new operational model that includes network-wide orchestration and automation. This project along with other projects like ODL,, OPNFV and PNDA that we have invested heavily, have proven the value of open innovation and created a developer community around networking. We are very excited to be working with our colleagues and the developer community and enabling ONAP.”

–David Ward, CTO of Engineering and Chief Architect at Cisco Systems


“Ericsson promotes and leads development of open source ecosystems for next generation technologies, accelerating adoption and industry alignment in key areas of Ericsson’s 5G vision. Ericsson welcomes open source initiatives for SDN, NFV and Cloud and has been actively driving industry alignments through various open source activities, for example OPNFV, to benefit customers and partners. Management and Orchestration provides a natural extension of the OPNFV and virtualization ecosystem creating a platform for innovation and collaboration. Through our participation in ONAP, Ericsson will continue to take the lead in areas of network automation, service enablement, and analytics to help our customers to succeed in their digital transformations.”

–Ulf Ewaldsson, SVP, CSO & CTO, Head of Group Function Strategy and Technology, Ericsson Group


“In creating ONAP, The Linux Foundation—supported by AT&T and China Mobile—have fused two key open networking projects, marking a tectonic industry shift. Cloudify is a founding member of OPEN-O, and Project ARIA is the common TOSCA partner in OPEN-O. ONAP is a major step toward delivering an interoperable foundation upon which cloud-native applications and network functions operate. This is critical, as it allows more rapid innovation further up the stack and at scale, which is the next frontier in cloud services delivery. Cloudify is committed to ONAP, continuing our work on networks powered by open code, standards and orchestration.”

–Nati Shalom, Founder and CTO, GigaSpaces


“The consolidation of OPEN-O and open source ECOMP under a unified ONAP represents a key milestone in our telecom industry towards building a strong open ecosystem to empower the accelerated network cloud transformation. The model-driven end-to-end architectural framework of ONAP provides a great foundation for future active community engagement across service providers and system vendors based on an agile, collaborative and open source development model. It will enable operators to rapidly design and launch the on-demand provisioning of new services and realize more efficient closed-loop operations. Furthermore, it would accelerate the digital transformation of operators aiming to bring ROADS (Real-time, On-demand, All-online, DIY and Social) experience for end users.”

–Xiao Ran, Strategy & Business Development VP of Products & Solutions, Huawei


“IBM has been committed to open source for over 17 years and works with service providers to accelerate their digital reinvention. Collaborative initiatives, like the Open Network Automation Platform, will help us further drive NFV innovations in the marketplace. ONAP provides a framework for service providers and system integrators to advance cloud-based network solutions adoption. IBM will provide strong cloud capabilities, cognitive solutions, agile and open development environments and NFV-specific products.”

–Steven L. Canepa, General Manager, Global Telecommunications, Media and Entertainment, IBM


“As the communications industry advances the digital transformation of business services, collaboration through open source projects like ONAP is critical for accelerating deployments. Becoming a founding member of ONAP is consistent with Intel’s long-standing investment in and support of community-based development as a way to enable ecosystems to deliver innovative solutions faster. We are encouraged to see the industry converging open source management and orchestration (MANO) efforts, as well as investing in the development of mature, deployment-ready commercial solutions.”

Sandra Rivera, Vice President and General Manager, Network Platforms Group at Intel


“Open standards have and will continue to drive a lot of innovation in our industry. We are excited about collaborating with AT&T and China Mobile along with leading service providers and vendors. By working together, we are confident ONAP aligned with the ETSI work will move the industry towards more automated network operations on a faster time scale than any one organization could by itself.”

–Bhaskar Gorti, President of Applications and Analytics, Nokia


“Our close collaboration with AT&T during the past year, and the broader new scope of the ONAP project is we believe a unique opportunity for our industry to make the SDN/NFV ecosystem scale while avoiding its fragmentation. This ‘network operating system’ will enable fast growing, innovative and interoperable network and application services at a global scale. We are very proud to contribute to this project.”

–Alain Maloberti, SVP of Orange Labs Networks

Tech Mahindra

“We will now truly live our COPA (Co-creation, Open source, Platform and Automation) strategy. In the coming days, emergence of ONAP would prove 1+1=3. We are not looking at ONAP as merely automation of Orchestration and Management of the networks, it will pave the way for effective collaboration across industry and catapult TSPs (Technology Service Providers) into Digital Enterprises.”

–Manish Vyas, CEO Network Services, Tech Mahindra


“Bringing OPEN-O and ECOMP together under the common ONAP effort will have a tangible impact on defining a common approach to network orchestration and automation. VMware is pleased to serve as a founding and Platinum member to this seminal effort, building on our tradition as a leader in and contributor to major open source projects. We will help define a common, encompassing and extensible foundation for orchestration of software-defined networks and network functions, bringing the same innovation engine that made virtualization and cloud computing commonplace. Together with the ONAP community, VMware expects to see accelerated progress that will enable seamless interoperability across technology vendors and service providers, and bring significant qualitative and quantitative benefits to the industry.”

–Constantine Polychronopoulos, VP & CTO, Telco and NFV at VMware


“ZTE, an OPEN-O Premier member and second largest code contributor in the OPEN-O SUN release, believes this combination will extend the scope of the original OPEN-O project and introduce more capabilities of traditional OSS (Operation Support Systems) to the SDN/NFV orchestration and management platform. This in turn will accelerate commercial deployments of the next generation, cloud-centric SDN/NFV network. ZTE committed to join the merged ONAP community as a Platinum member, and will work in a comprehensive manner with partners in the ecosystem in modeling, architecture, code development and marketing. We also believe our contributions to the OPEN-O code base, especially the approach to MANO, which conforms to the ETSI NFV specification, will help the rapid improvement of ONAP.”

–You Yan, Director of Technical Planning, Vice President of ZTE

Others are invited to participate in ONAP by getting involved in the technical community and by joining as members. For more information, visit


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