Earlier this fall, British multinational telecommunications company Vodafone made the decision to join the Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) Project as a Platinum member. By joining this effort, Vodafone lends the software-based effort increased legitimacy by offering its perspective as a major global service provider that deploys SDN and NFV across a wide network of customers.
The new addition of the London headquartered company adds continued momentum and growth to the ONAP Project as well as increases recognition for the real value of open networking. This action further underscores the service provider’s dedication to a continued commitment to open standards and open source.
In a press release, Arpit Joshipura, general manager of The Linux Foundation, stated: “With Vodafone and so many other global telecom companies investing in ONAP so early on, the project is incredibly well-positioned to swiftly deliver a common platform for rapidly designing, implementing and managing differentiated services.”
Vodafone joins 17 other global service providers and technology leaders that are platinum ONAP members, including Amdocs, AT&T, Bell, China Mobile, China Telecom, Cisco, Ericsson, GigaSpaces, Huawei, IBM, Intel, Jio, Nokia, Orange, Tech Mahindra, VMware and ZTE.
This also serves as yet another example of industry movement towards open standards. From telecommunications to manufacturing – as more and more industries are seeing the benefits of open standards, true momentum in technology can occur.