China Mobile, Leading Chinese Telecommunications Provider, Joins OpenDaylight as New Member
OpenDaylight Summit opens with global telco increasing its investment in the project
SEATTLE, OpenDaylight Summit, September 27, 2016–The OpenDaylight Project, the leading open source platform for programmable, software-defined networks, today announced that China Mobile Communications Corporation (CMCC), a leading mobile communications service provider, has joined the project at the Silver level.
China Mobile joins Tencent and Alibaba, also members of OpenDaylight, as part of a growing number of Chinese internet and communications companies that actively participate in open networking projects and leverage open source SDN to support their extreme scalability demands. As Jinzhu Wang, project manager of China Mobile Research Institute explained, the company wants to standardize and also customize their environments to improve automation. OpenDaylight provides a means for them to build on well-tested, foundational capabilities, which would otherwise take far too long for them to develop entirely in-house.
Recently, China Mobile released its commercial OpenDaylight-based datacenter SDN controller named “AERO,” currently in trial. China Mobile believes it to be the first datacenter SDN controller developed by a telecom operator based in China. Additionally, CMCC initiated the “SPTN” projectwithin OpenDaylight, which evolves the packet transport network (PTN) toward SDN.
As early adopters of OpenDaylight, China Mobile is leveraging the platform with OpenStack to deploy enterprise service offerings under its NovoDC program, which offers both a telecom infrastructure as well as virtual public or private cloud services. NovoDC has helped China Mobile to gain significant datacenter OPEX savings and can now deliver new services in minutes rather than weeks. Alex Zhang, principal architect at China Mobile Technology US, continues to be an active member of the OpenDaylight Advisory Group.
“I am pleased to see the OpenDaylight community growing so rapidly and on such a global scale,” said Neela Jacques, executive director of the OpenDaylight project. “China Mobile’s expanding contributions are beneficial to the OpenDaylight community, and their involvement is yet another example of the innovation happening in the Chinese market today. As Chinese telcos, enterprises and equipment manufacturers embrace open source, they’re enabling new solutions at a breathtaking pace.”
China Mobile joins hundreds of users, developers and SDN community leaders at the annual OpenDaylight Summit and Developer Design Forum, Sept. 27-29 at the Meydenbauer Center in Seattle. To view the full Summit schedule, visit this page.
More about China Mobile Communications Corporation
China Mobile Communications Corporation (CMCC) is one of the world’s largest telecommunications service providers in terms of network scale, customer base and market value. At the end of 2014 CMCC had over 800 million subscribers, operated in over 2.2 million base stations and covered 99 percent of the population in the People’s Republic of China. Their primary business is mobile services and the company has been exploring SDN and NFV as a means of managing rapid traffic growth, new service deployment and improving network utilization – especially as they look to expand their global footprint in APAC, Europe and the US.
“We are fully committed to open networking and have already experienced benefits of working collaboratively with the OpenDaylight community,” said Xiaodong Duan, director of Network Department of China Mobile Research Institute. “As members, we look forward to deeper collaboration and knowledge-sharing as we leverage OpenDaylight in our networks. We’re highly supportive of open source and believe community-driven projects provide an ideal environment to innovate and get things done quickly.”
About the OpenDaylight Project
The OpenDaylight Project is a collaborative open source project that aims to accelerate the adoption of Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV). Founded by industry leaders and open to all, the OpenDaylight community is developing a common, open SDN platform that fosters new innovation and reduces risk. Get involved: www.opendaylight.org.
OpenDaylight is a project at The Linux Foundation. Linux Foundation projects harness the power of collaborative development to fuel innovation across industries and ecosystems. www.linuxfoundation.org