In an aim to fuel open source innovation and automation, Indian telecom operator Reliance Jio has joined Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) Project as a Platinum member. With this, the operator aims to help open source communities to drive innovation across the telecommunication industry, including software-defined networks (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV).
ONAP is one of the largest open source networking initiatives. It includes members like Amdocs, AT&T, Bell Canada, China Mobile, China Telecom, Cisco, Ericsson, Huawei, IBM, Intel, Nokia, Tech Mahindra, VMware, ZTE and other leading network operators, OEMs and platform providers.
“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”.
“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 has aggressively utilised open source platforms to evolve beyond its all-IP and rich media services 4G LTE network. As part of the open source commitment, the operator is creating global centres of excellence, providing resources for driving new programs and initiatives. The operator is also supporting rapid delivery of innovative and affordable services across wireless, wireline, content and at-home services.