China's second-largest mobile network operator, China Unicom has signed an agreement with the Open Network Operating System (ONOS) to jointly promote Software Defined Networking (SDN) development and to leverge the open source SDN platform for its business transformation and innovative service applications. The partnership was announced at the recent China SDN/NFV Conference held in Beijing last month.
ONOS which was established last year, has currently established partnerships with well-known operators, including AT&T, NTT and SKT and key solutions vendors, including Huawei, Ciena, Ericsson, and Cisco.
Tang Xiongyan, Chief Expert, China Unicom Network Technology Research Institute
ONOS is the industry's first open source SDN controller platform catering to operator service scenarios and is widely recognized in the industry. Currently, China Unicom is in a transformation phase. SDN represents a huge opportunity for China Unicom to achieve network transformation and service innovation. China Unicom and ONOS share a vision of promoting the SDN industry chain readiness and a prosperous application ecosystem, especially the development of open source network controllers. China Unicom will closely cooperate with ONOS to push SDN technologies forward.
Guru Parulkar, Executive Director, Open Networking Lab (ON.Lab)
China Unicom, as an influential global full-service telecom operator, is committed to researching next-generation network technologies and providing innovative services. ONOS will actively cooperate with China Unicom and play a key role in researching and applying SDN/NFV-based next-generation network technologies.