Comcast Becomes First Cable Co to Join CORD & ONOS
Comcast has become the first cable operator to join two open source initiatives that aim to introduce software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) capabilities into access network facilities in telco and cable networks.
As noted by our sister publication Telco Transformation, Comcast has already worked with the Open Network Operating System (ONOS) and Central Office Re-architected as a Datacenter (CORD) projects in the past, but has now signed up to become an official member.
The move could also pave the way for other cable operators to join the two initiatives, which are backed by ON.Lab and the Linux Foundation. Indeed, the cable operator community has been looking at the concepts associated with CORD and ONOS for a while.
Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK)'s commitment, which involves the payment of $250,000 to each initiative, certainly marks a firmer commitment to open source by the biggest player in the cable TV and broadband sector and highlights the relevance of these technologies to companies outside the telecom industry.
Dr. Nagesh Nandiraju, director of network architecture at Comcast, underscored the importance of NFV and SDN to the future evolution of the company’s network.
"We look forward to bringing our perspective and experience to the fantastic community of technologists already working on these open source projects," Dr. Nandiraju noted.
By joining the two alliances, Comcast will also be rubbing shoulders with US rivals AT&T and Verizon along with other major telcos including China Unicom, NTT Communications and SK Telecom as well as Google. Participating vendors so far include Ciena, Cisco, Ericsson (ONOS only), Fujitsu, Huawei (ONOS only), Intel, NEC, Nokia, Radisys and Samsung, together with several systems integrators.
— Anne Morris, Associate Editor, UBB2020
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