Deutsche Telekom is the latest big name to join the ranks of The Linux Foundation. The announcement comes just weeks after the Chinese tech giant Tencent, and Google joined the foundation. Linux Foundation Networking (LFN) projects now “enable nearly seventy percent of all global mobile subscribers.”
Arpit Joshipura, General Manager of Networking and Orchestration at The Linux Foundation, said:
“We are delighted to welcome Deutsche Telekom to the foundation and expand the list of telecommunication and technology service providers supporting LFN. With Deutsche Telekom on board, we look forward to witnessing their work in connectivity and service, integrated gigabit networks, secure ICT solutions and big IoT while collaborating with them on major industry challenges to transform all aspects of the network and accelerate open source deployments.”
Deutsche Telekom’s SVP Technology Architecture & Innovation, said:
“Linux Foundation Networking has made rapid advancement in developing comprehensive solutions that will set industry standards for the future of telecommunications technologies. Providing a standard platform for network automation and increased interoperability through the ONAP project is an area we’re especially keen on contributing to in support of our 5G activities. The work in ONAP will complement our activities in ETSI-ZSM to lead the industry towards a fully automated network and service management. This will be a critical success factor for our companies to leverage the full benefits of 5G. We see great value in the global collaboration LFN provides for accelerating that process, for both our businesses and customers.”
As part of the foundation, Deutsche Telekom’s 200,000 employees will help spread the continued adoption of open standards and open source. The first meeting that Deutsche Telekom will attend will be the Open Networking Summit (ONS) in Europe during September 25-27, 2018.