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The Broadband Forum has entered a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Open Networking Laboratory (ON.Lab), with the aim of accelerating the development of future broadband requirements and standards in close collaboration with open source projects, as well as the production deployment of new services, enabling its stakeholders to realise business benefits of emerging technologies such as SDN, NFV and Cloud.
The signing of the agreement formalizes and extends the collaboration between Broadband Forum and ON.Lab which began during the build-up to the Forum’s recent special meeting on broadband network evolution in Atlanta. The terms of the MOU will enable the CORD Project community to understand the requirements of next-generation broadband services at the Forum and demonstrate how these can be met with the CORD platform. The work of the community will in turn inform future Broadband Forum standards based on real-world open source implementations and speed up the time-to-market of solutions for providers and vendors.
Broadband Forum CEO Robin Mersh said: “Working with ON.Lab on CORD has been a very fruitful exercise and we’re pleased to formaliwe the arrangement with this MOU. The CORD project is an important example of the vast amount of work being done in this area and collaborating with projects like this one will be key for the Broadband Forum as we look to work more closely with open source projects to help our members feel the business benefits of SDN, NFV, Cloud and other new technologies.”
ON.Lab Executive Director Guru Parulkar added: “The Cloud CO as a concept is going to be a vital part of our work going forward and with it, operators will be able to quickly and efficiently deliver new technologies into the central office. With the help of the Broadband Forum, ON.Lab will continue to meet the challenges of re-imagining the telco CO as concepts and use cases emerge.”