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Verizon and The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization providing tools, training and events to scale any open source project, has announced that Verizon has joined their Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) project as a Platinum member.

ONAP would bring together the majority of global carriers and vendors to build an automation and orchestration platform to transform the service delivery lifecycle for network, cable and cloud providers. ONAP would enable nearly 60 percent of the world’s mobile subscribers.

Participating in ONAP would demonstrate Verizon’s commitment to open platforms and open source – to drive innovation and transformation, especially in the areas of SDN and NFV. By working closely with the ONAP community, Verizon expects to:

  • Simplify and accelerate onboarding of network functions while expanding interoperability with other SDN ecosystems
  • Gain greater agility in network management, service creation and provisioning to best meet customer needs
  • Drive reference standards to vendors and partners for consistent deployment of their network services in the Verizon network

“Future experiences powered by intelligent and automated networks is one of the biggest opportunity areas for carrier networks,” said Ed Chan, senior vice president and Chief Technology Architect at Verizon. “Verizon is working together with partners to accelerate virtualization and automation across the industry through ONAP.”

As an early adopter of virtualization and cloud technologies, Verizon states it has driven the adoption of SDN and NFV across its network. The company thinks that its scale and experience might help drive the ONAP initiative across the industry with global partners and suppliers.

“We are thrilled that Verizon is joining ONAP,” said Arpit Joshipura, General Manager of Networking and Orchestration, The Linux Foundation. “By participating in ONAP development, the world’s most influential carriers will greatly accelerate SDN/NFV services, virtual functions, and edge computing and 5G applications. Open standards and technologies like ONAP are advancing data networking faster and more economically than ever before.”