Partnership targets 5G, network slicing and wireless-wireline convergence

March 12, 2019 //By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Partnership targets 5G, network slicing and wireless-wireline convergence
The Broadband Forum has announced VMware and the European Advanced Networking Test Center (EANTC) as technology partners in the launch of the European Open Broadband Lab as a joint effort to accelerate network transformation and migration to a cloud-based broadband infrastructure.

From mid-2019, the lab will host test campaigns for vendor and Communications Service Provider (CSP) members of the Broadband Forum. All parties will be able to validate multi-vendor interoperability of their virtualized systems and broadband access infrastructure aligning with Broadband Forum standards on full Network Function Virtualization (NFV) infrastructures.  

Operators have also given their support to the lab, with Bruno Cornaglia, Fixed Access Senior Manager at Vodafone Group, saying: "We welcome the establishment of this new laboratory which is a significant step towards establishing interoperability for virtualization techniques such as SDN and NFV, addressing use cases such as Fixed Access Network Sharing (FANS)."

Within the partnership, Broadband Forum maintains the Open Broadband Infrastructure (OB-I) architecture and publishes a multitude of use cases for innovation to be tested against. VMware has provided and installed the virtualization platform, while EANTC organizes and hosts test campaigns, and will provide ongoing expertise.

The partnership and formation of the Open Broadband Lab Europe (OBLE) further develops Broadband Forum's Open Broadband initiative, with the laboratory in Europe following the establishment of OBLA in Beijing in collaboration with SDN/NFV Industry Alliance in May 2017.

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