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Jio and Onap Start Open Networking Project

April 18, 2017

Reliance Jio, one of India’s largest open network providers, has become the latest large telecommunications company to join the Linux Foundation’s Open Source Project. A number of multinational corporations have already joined the cause, including AT & T, Bell Canada (News - Alert), and Orange. All of these companies are working together with the goal of creating a cloud based open network. As more and more large providers show a willingness to collaborate and share information, the creation of such a network may be even closer than previously anticipated.

This is not the only big project that Jio is undertaking. They are currently also constructing an LTE (News - Alert)-only network in India that would offer faster connectivity speeds and greater reliability than the current infrastructure. They have also joined the Open Network Automation (News - Alert) Platform group, which is another collective focused on open ecosystems and virtualization in the tech world. All of these connections should help Jio further both their goals and the goals of their fellow telecommunications companies.

By working with AT&T (News - Alert), 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,” said Matthew Oommen, president of Reliance Jio in a statement.

The partnership of these telecommunications companies is part of a growing trend in open networking: an increased focus on the cloud. The cloud offers several key advantages for business when compared to legacy solutions. First of all, the cloud requires far less on site server space, saving costs not only in terms of servers but also storage space and climate control costs. The cloud also offers greater flexibility and customization than ever before, allowing businesses to perfectly tailor their platforms to their needs and avoid any features that are superfluous. It is an incredibly encouraging sign that so many telecommunications providers are so willing to combine their services and work together to further the development of this technology.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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