The telecom arm of Reliance Industries, Reliance Jio Infocomm led by Mukesh Ambani has joined hands with the US-based telecom operator American Telephone & Telegraph Company (AT&T) and The Linux Foundation. Reliance Jio will be working with open source communities via the Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) project as a Platinum member. The collaboration will enable Jio to propel innovation in the telecom industry in areas of software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV).
Reliance Jio’s association with ONAP
ONAP is the fastest-growing open networking initiative as it has unified open source community members and industry leaders from Europe, North America, and Asia.
President of Reliance Jio, Mathew Oommen expressed his delight over the collaboration with the ONAP community. He stated that Reliance Jio’s assets and resources in the association will help to make telecom a cloud-centric digital platform. Developers, customers, and partners will then be able to contribute and add value to the platform, he added.
Reliance Jio has established an excellent all-Internet Protocol (IP) network with 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology. Jio is the only network that supports Voice over LTE (VoLTE) technology and has been established as a mobile video network from the ground up. Jio’s pan-India 4G network has made the company, the largest data carrier in the world.
Jio’s involvement in the ONAP project proves its dedication towards network transformation. Through open source network, the company aims to move beyond its all-IP and 4G LTE network technologies. The open source program will assist Jio in offering quick, innovative and affordable services across wireless and wireline technologies.
Mathew Oommen also said that Jio will be an active participant in the ONAP initiative and this will enhance its delivery, management, and service creation.
ONAP is a joined project and one of the largest open source programs, created in February 2017. The project is operated by The Linux Foundation’s Open Orchestrator Project (OPEN-O) and AT&T’s Enhance Control, Orchestration, Management & Policy (ECOMP). The initiative lets open source community developers and software, cloud and network providers to work together in an open ecosystem, thus encouraging innovative services.
ONAP project has members like AT&T, China Mobile, Nokia, China Telecom, Tech Mahindra, ZTE, Cisco, Ericsson, VMware, GigaSpaces, Bell Canada, Huawei, Amdocs, IBM, Orange, and Intel, among others. Reliance Jio became the first Indian telecom operator to join ONAP.
Chris Rice, the Chairperson of ONAP and Senior Vice President of AT&T Labs said that ONAP is excited to have Reliance Jio as a member. The company will help ONAP to expand its global reach. He further stated that ONAP aims to make and promote a robust networking automation community with Jio’s support.
Mukesh Ambani led Reliance Jio is establishing global centers of excellence and offering resources for new initiatives. Its association with ONAP will expedite the process and support The Linux Foundation in future service innovations and developments.
Reliance Jio collaborated with The Linux Foundation and AT&T for the Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) project to drive innovation in the telecom industry.