TM Forum boosting open source presence
The TM Forum is going back to its roots with a series of Catalyst projects at the upcoming Nice event
The TM Forum held an ‘Action Day’ in Kista,
Stockholm, recently on interoperable open
source for hybrid network management platforms. Service providers supporting
this workshop included AT&T, China Mobile, Orange, Telecom Italia and
Telenor, among others.
Participants all shared results and near-term plans
for open source solutions. The group identified scope for a 5G operations
proof-of-concept Catalyst project to be demonstrated running
at the TM Forum Live event in May this year.
This is probably the
first time such a diverse range of open source communities have got together,
with the intention of establishing what could be done collectively for
operations. It is an excellent example of how open source massively assists at
the beginning of the innovation cycle.
Talking to Capacity Barry Graham, program director for
the agile business and IT program, said: “We liken what we are trying to do
with Open Source now, as similar to what we did with the early independent
vendors. We had to help them adopt standards to move forward – we are now doing
the same within the Open Source movement.”
is significant overlap with the objectives of most Open Source organisations,
each community has carved out its own
unique areas of innovation, and the TM Forum is attempting
to unify them into workable proposals with real benefits for operators.
The TM Forum looks on open source projects as integration
activities – it thinks the use of open APIs will allow integration of
platform-based deployments of different
open source solutions by configuration rather than integration coding.
group Catalyst proposal for TM Forum Live! 2017 has
the following characteristics: Focus
on the operational requirements for managing hybrid services comprising
networking and edge computing.
said: “The main achievement must be building a reference implementation with
re-usable generic components – the vendors do not
want to have to re-invent the NFV wheel at every new hurdle.”
automation has been cited by many operators,
such as AT&T, Orange, Vodafone and others, as an unexpectedly difficult
challenge and a major priority for
pragmatic resolution the TM Forum claimed
in a recent blog.