China Mobile Joins Chinese Firms Tencent & Alibaba to Support OpenDaylight

China Mobile Joins Chinese Firms Tencent & Alibaba to Support OpenDaylight Image Credit: OpenDaylight

China Mobile has joined the OpenDaylight Project, the leading open source platform for programmable, software-defined networks.

With that, China Mobile joins Tencent and Alibaba, also members of OpenDaylight, as part of a growing number of Chinese internet and communications companies that actively participate in open networking projects and leverage open source SDN to support their extreme scalability demands.

Recently, China Mobile released its commercial OpenDaylight-based datacenter SDN controller named "AERO," currently in trial. China Mobile believes it to be the first datacenter SDN controller developed by a telecom operator based in China. Additionally, Chine Mobile initiated the "SPTN" project within OpenDaylight, which evolves the packet transport network (PTN) toward SDN.

As early adopters of OpenDaylight, China Mobile is leveraging the platform with OpenStack to deploy enterprise service offerings under its NovoDC program, which offers both a telecom infrastructure as well as virtual public or private cloud services. OpenDaylight claims that NovoDC has helped China Mobile to gain significant datacenter OPEX savings and can now deliver new services in minutes rather than weeks. 

Neela Jacques, executive director of the OpenDaylight Project
China Mobile's expanding contributions are beneficial to the OpenDaylight community, and their involvement is yet another example of the innovation happening in the Chinese market today. As Chinese telcos, enterprises and equipment manufacturers embrace open source, they're enabling new solutions at a breathtaking pace.

Xiaodong Duan, director of Network Department of China Mobile Research Institute
As members, we look forward to deeper collaboration and knowledge-sharing as we leverage OpenDaylight in our networks. We're highly supportive of open source and believe community-driven projects provide an ideal environment to innovate and get things done quickly.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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