SEATTLE -- The OpenDaylight Project, the open source platform for programmable, software-defined networks, today announced that China Mobile Communications Corp. (CMCC), a mobile communications service provider, has joined the project at the Silver level.
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. As Jinzhu Wang, project manager of China Mobile Research Institute explained, the company wants to standardize and also customize their environments to improve automation. OpenDaylight provides a means for them to build on well-tested, foundational capabilities, which would otherwise take far too long for them to develop entirely in-house.
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, CMCC 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. NovoDC has helped China Mobile to gain significant datacenter OPEX savings and can now deliver new services in minutes rather than weeks. Alex Zhang, principal architect at China Mobile Technology US, continues to be an active member of the OpenDaylight Advisory Group.
“I am pleased to see the OpenDaylight community growing so rapidly and on such a global scale,” said 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.”
China Mobile joins hundreds of users, developers and SDN community leaders at the annual OpenDaylight Summit and Developer Design Forum, Sept. 27-29 at the Meydenbauer Center in Seattle.