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The Linux Foundation Announces Merger of Open Source ECOMP and OPEN-O to Form New Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) Project

By 2017-02-238月 22nd, 2017Press Release

  Top Carriers and Vendors Back Groundbreaking Global Initiative Uniting Two Major Networking and Orchestration Projects

SAN FRANCISCO, February 23, 2017 – The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit advancing professional open source management for mass collaboration, today announced the merger of open source ECOMP and Open Orchestrator Project (OPEN-O) to create the new Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) Project. ONAP will allow end users to automate, design, orchestrate, and manage services and virtual functions.

AT&T, China Mobile and the world’s leading operators are driving ONAP with a diverse group of founding members. Founding Platinum members include Amdocs, AT&T, Bell Canada, China Mobile, China Telecom, Cisco, Ericsson, GigaSpaces, Huawei, IBM, Intel, Nokia, Orange, Tech Mahindra, VMware and ZTE. Silver members of ONAP are ARM, BOCO Inter-Telecom, Canonical, China Unicom, Cloudbase Solutions, Metaswitch and Raisecom.

“By combining two of the largest open source networking initiatives, the community is able to take advantage of the best architectural components of both projects,” said Jim Zemlin, Executive Director of The Linux Foundation. “We’re excited to see the industry coalesce around ONAP with this unprecedented merger. Such a broad effort and investment will expedite our vision to deliver an open platform for network automation.”

Alignment of the two projects creates a harmonized and comprehensive framework for real-time, policy-driven software automation of virtual network functions that will enable software, network, IT and cloud providers and developers to rapidly create new services. By consolidating member resources, ONAP is well positioned to deliver a unified architecture and implementation, with an open standards upstream focus, faster than any one project could on its own.

The Linux Foundation will establish a governance and membership structure for ONAP to nurture a vibrant technical community. A Governing Board will guide business decisions, marketing and ensure alignment between the technical communities and members. The technical steering committee will provide leadership on the code merge and guide the technical direction of ONAP.

Many ONAP members and developers working to advance this sophisticated automation platform will be participating in the upcoming Mobile World Congress, to be held February 27-March 2 in Barcelona, and Open Networking Summit (ONS), to be held April 3-6 in Santa Clara, CA.

Industry Support for ONAP:


“The merging of open source ECOMP and OPEN-O will create the de facto industry standard for NFV/SDN automation and accelerate industry adoption by service providers and the vendor ecosystem. Open source ECOMP brings a holistic approach based on production-proven software–the foundation upon which ONAP is being developed. As co-creator of ECOMP along with AT&T, we bring core platform expertise and a unique end-to-end perspective that enables the ONAP project to deliver tangible value to global service providers and provide innovative virtual services faster.” 

–Anthony Goonetilleke, Group President, Amdocs Technology


“AT&T is excited to be working with a larger team on the future, open source network operating system for SDN automation. Creating a combined team of the initial open source ECOMP members with existing OPEN-O members bodes well for the project’s success. I want to thank the people at CMCC and Huawei, along with Jim Zemlin and Arpit Joshipura at The Linux Foundation who worked so hard with us to make this happen. We expect more consolidation in this space, and we expect many more service providers and other technology leaders to join us in this important work, which benefits the entire industry.” 

–Chris Rice, SVP of Domain 2.0 Architecture and Design at AT&T

Bell Canada

“Bell Canada believes broader industry coordination and the creation of ONAP is the fastest path to development of a winning orchestration platform. We are excited to see the industry unifying around open source and a new network approach that is faster, more efficient and ultimately more responsive to the needs of businesses and consumers.” 

–Petri Lyytikainen, VP Network Strategy, Services and Management at Bell Canada

China Mobile

“It is well accepted that SDN/NFV plays a key role to the carrier transformation, where automation of management and orchestration is one of the most critical enablers. Hence China Mobile has long been investing resources in the orchestrator development, and launched OPEN-O open source project with partners. In order to cohere efforts, to avoid fragmentation, and to accelerate the transformation of operators, China Mobile, AT&T and The Linux Foundation, finally reached consensus after several rounds of discussion. We are pleased to embrace the birth of the new project ONAP. It is our firm belief that, as the world’s two largest telecom operators, the close collaboration in ONAP between China Mobile and AT&T, will accelerate the carrier network evolution with a strong impact on the industry globally. We sincerely hope that more industry partners would join hands with us in ONAP to promote industrial prosperity.” 

–Madam Yang Zhiqiang, Deputy General Manager, China Mobile Research Institute

China Telecom

“China Telecom is now undertaking CTNet2025 network transformation, aiming to build up a concise, agile, open and integrated network. This new combined ONAP platform will enable the full lifecycle management of cloud-centric, software-controlled networks, and consequently expedite the design of a new network operation system, which is considered to play a critical role in our plan. As a founding member of ONAP, China Telecom will continuously work together with other operators and partners in the community to further promote technological innovation. We have great confidence the in prosperity of the future ecosystem.” 

–Ms. Shaoai Shen, Deputy General Manager,Technology Department of China Telecom


“The movement up-stack in Open Source Networking is a fantastic path towards a full umbrella architecture for Service Providers and Enterprises. ONAP is a great opportunity for the industry to work together towards the goal of a new operational model that includes network-wide orchestration and automation. This project along with other projects like ODL,, OPNFV and PNDA that we have invested heavily, have proven the value of open innovation and created a developer community around networking. We are very excited to be working with our colleagues and the developer community and enabling ONAP.” 

–David Ward, CTO of Engineering and Chief Architect at Cisco Systems


“Ericsson promotes and leads development of open source ecosystems for next generation technologies, accelerating adoption and industry alignment in key areas of Ericsson’s 5G vision. Ericsson welcomes open source initiatives for SDN, NFV and Cloud and has been actively driving industry alignments through various open source activities, for example OPNFV, to benefit customers and partners. Management and Orchestration provides a natural extension of the OPNFV and virtualization ecosystem creating a platform for innovation and collaboration. Through our participation in ONAP, Ericsson will continue to take the lead in areas of network automation, service enablement, and analytics to help our customers to succeed in their digital transformations.” 

–Ulf Ewaldsson, SVP, CSO & CTO, Head of Group Function Strategy and Technology, Ericsson Group


“In creating ONAP, The Linux Foundation—supported by AT&T and China Mobile—have fused two key open networking projects, marking a tectonic industry shift. Cloudify is a founding member of OPEN-O, and Project ARIA is the common TOSCA partner in OPEN-O. ONAP is a major step toward delivering an interoperable foundation upon which cloud-native applications and network functions operate. This is critical, as it allows more rapid innovation further up the stack and at scale, which is the next frontier in cloud services delivery. Cloudify is committed to ONAP, continuing our work on networks powered by open code, standards and orchestration.” 

–Nati Shalom, Founder and CTO, GigaSpaces


“The consolidation of OPEN-O and open source ECOMP under a unified ONAP represents a key milestone in our telecom industry towards building a strong open ecosystem to empower the accelerated network cloud transformation. The model-driven end-to-end architectural framework of ONAP provides a great foundation for future active community engagement across service providers and system vendors based on an agile, collaborative and open source development model. It will enable operators to rapidly design and launch the on-demand provisioning of new services and realize more efficient closed-loop operations. Furthermore, it would accelerate the digital transformation of operators aiming to bring ROADS (Real-time, On-demand, All-online, DIY and Social) experience for end users.” 

–Xiao Ran, Strategy & Business Development VP of Products & Solutions, Huawei


“IBM has been committed to open source for over 17 years and works with service providers to accelerate their digital reinvention. Collaborative initiatives, like the Open Network Automation Platform, will help us further drive NFV innovations in the marketplace. ONAP provides a framework for service providers and system integrators to advance cloud-based network solutions adoption. IBM will provide strong cloud capabilities, cognitive solutions, agile and open development environments and NFV-specific products.” 

–Steven L. Canepa, General Manager, Global Telecommunications, Media and Entertainment, IBM


“As the communications industry advances the digital transformation of business services, collaboration through open source projects like ONAP is critical for accelerating deployments. Becoming a founding member of ONAP is consistent with Intel’s long-standing investment in and support of community-based development as a way to enable ecosystems to deliver innovative solutions faster. We are encouraged to see the industry converging open source management and orchestration (MANO) efforts, as well as investing in the development of mature, deployment-ready commercial solutions.” 

–Sandra Rivera, Vice President and General Manager, Network Platforms Group at Intel


“Open standards have and will continue to drive a lot of innovation in our industry. We are excited about collaborating with AT&T and China Mobile along with leading service providers and vendors. By working together, we are confident ONAP aligned with the ETSI work will move the industry towards more automated network operations on a faster time scale than any one organization could by itself.” 

–Bhaskar Gorti, President of Applications and Analytics, Nokia


“Our close collaboration with AT&T during the past year, and the broader new scope of the ONAP project is we believe a unique opportunity for our industry to make the SDN/NFV ecosystem scale while avoiding its fragmentation. This ‘network operating system’ will enable fast growing, innovative and interoperable network and application services at a global scale. We are very proud to contribute to this project.” 

–Alain Maloberti, SVP of Orange Labs Networks

Tech Mahindra

“We will now truly live our COPA (Co-creation, Open source, Platform and Automation) strategy. In the coming days, emergence of ONAP would prove 1+1=3. We are not looking at ONAP as merely automation of Orchestration and Management of the networks, it will pave the way for effective collaboration across industry and catapult TSPs (Technology Service Providers) into Digital Enterprises.” 

–Manish Vyas, CEO Network Services, Tech Mahindra


“Bringing OPEN-O and ECOMP together under the common ONAP effort will have a tangible impact on defining a common approach to network orchestration and automation. VMware is pleased to serve as a founding and Platinum member to this seminal effort, building on our tradition as a leader in and contributor to major open source projects. We will help define a common, encompassing and extensible foundation for orchestration of software-defined networks and network functions, bringing the same innovation engine that made virtualization and cloud computing commonplace. Together with the ONAP community, VMware expects to see accelerated progress that will enable seamless interoperability across technology vendors and service providers, and bring significant qualitative and quantitative benefits to the industry.” 

–Constantine Polychronopoulos, VP & CTO, Telco and NFV at VMware


“ZTE, an OPEN-O Premier member and second largest code contributor in the OPEN-O SUN release, believes this combination will extend the scope of the original OPEN-O project and introduce more capabilities of traditional OSS (Operation Support Systems) to the SDN/NFV orchestration and management platform. This in turn will accelerate commercial deployments of the next generation, cloud-centric SDN/NFV network. ZTE committed to join the merged ONAP community as a Platinum member, and will work in a comprehensive manner with partners in the ecosystem in modeling, architecture, code development and marketing. We also believe our contributions to the OPEN-O code base, especially the approach to MANO, which conforms to the ETSI NFV specification, will help the rapid improvement of ONAP.” 

–You Yan, Director of Technical Planning, Vice President of ZTE

Others are invited to participate in ONAP by getting involved in the technical community and by joining as members. For more information, visit

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