Last week's ETSI's Industry Specification Group for Network Functions Virtualization (ETSI NFV) convened in an industry workshop designed to align cloud-centric initiatives and network-centric initiatives to ensure successful realization of NFV through automation.
While AT&T put a lot of emphasis on its smart city and Internet of Things (IoT) initiatives at its 2016 AT&T Developer Summit in Las Vegas, the thread that connects it all together – whether it's smart cities, streaming video, connected cars or something else – is the network.
The telecom industry needs to be wary of different versions of open source platforms taking hold in the industry as it moves to the new IP. That was the message from Margarent Chiosi, a distinguished network architect at AT&T Labs and president of the Open Platform for NFV Project (OPNFV), at the NFV Everywhere event in Dallas last week.
AT&T says the future of its network is all about software, and it's blazing a trail to virtualize 75 percent of its network by 2020. This week, John Donovan, senior EVP for technology and operations at AT&T, said the operator's engineers have figured out how to turn complex appliances into software running on commodity servers and other hardware.
The Open Networking Foundation (ONF) announced the release of Atrium, an open software-defined networking (SDN) software distribution designed to help the network industry more easily adopt open SDN by integrating established open source SDN software with some critical connecting pieces.
Panasonic is making available for the open source community a set of Internet of Things (IoT) software products used in home monitoring, solar energy and retail applications. It also is increasing its intellectual property contributions to the AllSeen Alliance.
Following its open source release on Dec. 5, 2015, the Open Sourced SDN Network Operating System--ONOS for short--has crossed 1,000 software downloads globally and welcomed two new members: Cisco and SK Telecom.
AT&T is far from alone in pushing to employ interoperable, open-source infrastructure in its future network architecture, as evidenced by the revised mission statement from ETSI's network functions virtualization (NFV) industry specification group (ISG), which is now headed by Steven Wright, lead member of the technical staff at AT&T.
Range Networks' OpenBTS-based radio access networks (RANs) and 2600hz's Kazoo telecom services platform will be integrated to provide what the companies described as an all-software, all-IP wireless network architecture for mobile network operators and private network service providers.
Range Networks' new engineering team has improved the firm's OpenBTS software with an aim toward taking the technology out of the lab and into the commercial world, according to company CEO Edward Kozel.