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SoftBank Leverages FRINX Open Source Distribution

June 07, 2017

Yesterday I wrote about a survey indicating that some companies won’t even consider using open source for management and network orchestration solution implementations. Today let’s talk about a network operator that is an early adopter of open source. That organization is SoftBank.

The Japanese tech giant is working with a company called FRINX to bring an open source operating systems into SoftBank’s networks. The FRINX distribution of OpenDaylight will provide infrastructure on which SoftBank can create applications to manage its networks.

(OpenDaylight is an open source software-defined networking platform/controller. Boron is the fifth and more recent release of OpenDaylight.)

FRINX also will supply performance enhancements, quality assurance, and support for the code base. And it will manage the up-streaming process.

SoftBank also uses the FRINX Smart Build Engine. That’s a development and test environment that automates the build process. And it executes and expedites system tests for OpenDaylight and related applications.

“Open source has become the de-facto standard for developing new applications in the networking space,” said FRINX Co-founder and CEO Gerhard Wieser, “and SoftBank is one of the leaders in the telecommunications industry leveraging that trend.”

While the survey noted at the beginning of this article indicates that 26 percent of respondent to a recent survey won’t consider using open source MANO. Forty-nine percent of those surveyed said they may use open MANO offerings when such solutions become more mature. Meanwhile, 19 percent said they are considering open source MANO, 12 percent were considering Tacker, and 9 percent were looking at other open source options.

The open source movement among telcos moved forward in a big way recently when AT&T (News - Alert) open sourced its ECOMP MANO solution. Shortly after that ECOMP was merged with the Open Orchestrator Project, or OPEN-O. That joint solution, now under the auspices of The Linux Foundation, is called Open Network Automation (News - Alert) Platform project, or ONAP.

As for SoftBank, it has long been an innovator on the communications, media, and networking fronts. The company has a Japan-based telecommunications carrier. It also owns cellular company Sprint (News - Alert). And late last year it invested in broadband satellite company OneWeb.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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