Huawei, China Unicom and ON.Lab launch open source partnership with MEF
14 April 2016 |
MEF, China Unicom, ON.Lab, and Huawei are collaborating on the methodology of implementing open source solutions to speed up the transformation of telco central offices and accelerate the industry transition to Third Network services.
The partners will develop proof-of-concept use-cases that demonstrate how operators can deliver agile and orchestrated MEF-defined services using open source software and open specification hardware.
These use cases will serve as a stepping stone for deployable Third Network services that will yield productivity-enhancing benefits for end customers.
Combining open source solutions within a standardised framework and a real-world operator environment, MEF believes, will provide an opportunity to bring the
Given the huge strides forward which have been taken by the
ON.Lab and partners have been developing Central Office Re-architected as a Datacenter (CORD) as an open virtualized service delivery platform for redesigned Central Offices.
CORD combines NFV, SDN, and the flexibility of commodity clouds to bring
China Unicom already has begun redesigning a number of its Central Offices as edge data centres with the goal of taking advantage of open source software and open specification hardware. The operator plans to introduce SDN controllers, NFV management, virtualized CPEs, an SDN-based IP access solution, and other changes. China Unicom’s service plans include the introduction of an elastic VPN service with bandwidth-on-demand capabilities, using technology solutions provided by Huawei.
Guru Parulkar, Executive Director, ON.
Ayush Sharma, Senior Vice President & CTO networks, Huawei, said: "Huawei looks forward to bringing open source and standards together as we develop key use cases with China Unicom, ON.
Third Network building blocks include service-orchestration functions, application programming interfaces (APIs), a protocol-independent NaaS information model and service definitions, all of which support agile and orchestrated Network-as-a-Service between physical and virtual endpoints.
MEF also announced this week that it has joined the China SDN/NFV Industry Alliance. The MEF and the SDN/NFV Industry Alliance today announced a memorandum of understanding establishing a high-level framework of cooperation between the two parties.
The memorandum identifies initial areas of collaboration centered on the MEF’s LSO (Lifecycle Services Orchestration) initiative as an important enabler of SDN and NFV technologies, supporting dynamic packet-based services for business and mobile applications.
The MOU was signed at the annual China SDN/NFV Conference held this week in Beijing. The MEF is participating in the event as a new member of the SDN/NFV Industry Alliance.