Telecom companies have always cooperated in development of standards. It’s essential for interoperability – otherwise each company’s customers would only be able to interact with its other customers. But there’s a difference between agreeing on standards and sharing software.
Illustrating the increasing pace of open source acceptance in telecom, AT&T announced in early 2017 that it was handing over its ECOMP (Enhanced Control, Orchestration, Management and Policy) platform to the Linux Foundation for placement into open source. AT&T developed ECOMP to manage and automate virtual network functions (VNFs) in its software-defined networks (SDNs). Linux Foundation subsequently merged ECOMP platform with the Open Orchestrator Project to forge the Open Network Automation Platform Project.
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