2017 Open Source Networking (OSN) Days London Blog

By Nermin Mohamed VP Solution and Marketing, Huawei and Fran Heeran, Head of Network Virtualization, Vodafone Group

2017 Open Source Networking Days London, hosted by Vodafone and Huawei, was held recently in etc.venues County Hall, London.

This one day conference program featured C-level speakers and leading industry experts, with a strong focus on Open source strategies, automation, innovation and the road to the future digital world.

2017 OSN day in London highlighted the growing role of open source and the role of vendors in open source distribution, the value of open source for both providers and users. It also discussed open network strategy from operators, enterprises and vendors’ perspective. It also showed the role of automation in driving global innovation, ONAP technical deep dive and ONAP demo to show automation of designing, implementing and running new applications and services.

The event was attended by approximately 70 attendees who had the opportunity to collaborate, share, learn, and connect with technologists and community members, through keynote presentations, technical talks, Demo, Panel discussion and network reception.

2017 Open Source Networking Days attendees on Oct. 16.

Attendees heard from 13 amazing speakers who are well recognized in the telecom world, they shared their knowledge and expertise during technical sessions, the panel discussion, the conversations in the breaks, over lunch and in the network reception afterwards.

Event’s featured speakers

Jonathan Beasley, Principal Architect, Thomson Reuters

Milind Bhagwat Enterprise Architect, CTO office, BT

Davide Cherubini, Network Virtualization Architect, Vodafone

Chris Donley, Sr. Director Open Source Ecosystems, Huawei

Fran Heeran, Head of Network Virtualization, Vodafone Group

Catherine Lefevre, AVP Network & Shared Services, AT&T

Dr. Sanqi Li, CTO, Products and Solutions, Huawei

Dr. Nermin Mohamed, VP Solution and Marketing, Huawei

Adrian Neil Senior Research Manager, Vodafone

Andy Reid, Chief Network Services Architect, BT

Bill Ren, VP Network Industry and Ecosystem Development, Huawei

Phil Robb, VP Operations, Networking & Orchestration, The Linux Foundation

Tide Xu, VP Vodafone Business Unit, Huawei

John Zannos, Chief Revenue Officer, Inocybe


The event was hosted by Dr. Nermin Mohamed with Huawei Dr Mohamed also moderated the panel at the end of the event. 



Here is what we learned in the event and the key takeaways from each session:



Event opening and opening remarks Fran Heeran with Vodafone Group



  1. Future networks breaking down vertical silos and building a horizontal cloud.
  2. Openness is a fundamental principle.
  3. The vision is vendor agnostic and interchangeable building blocks to enable rapid TTM and reduce SI cost.







Tide Xu  shared Huawei’s vision:


  1. Huawei is envisioning all cloud strategy to enable digital transformation and full automation.
  2. Openness is the key for service innovations.
  3. Huawei is a major contributor in many opens source projects.






Open Source Projects and the Open Networking Stack

  1. Open Source Networking is about multiple communities coming together to build a new world.
  2. The Linux Foundation foster innovation across the entire open source networking ecosystem.








Open Network Strategy, From ISP Perspective 

  1. The NFV/SDN Orchestration discussion has matured.
  2. Vodafone want to see use cases around multi-vendor, multi-country that support their diverse business.







ONAP Deployment in Real Network

  1. ONAP was driven by the need to establish a telecom industry platform in open source using ECOMP as a basis
  2. ONAP provides the ability to promote common requirements to vendors through working software





Looking North and South from Orchestration  

  1. NFV/SDN is about automation. Automation requires processes to change.
  2. BT looking at how NFV orchestration fits into BT’s existing processes. The system must manage PNF as well as VNF.





APP Driven Networking and ONAP Strategy 

  1. Business Driven Innovation and benefits (Fast ROI) is a key for successful telco transformation
  2. App Driven vision and opensource networking powers telco transformation.
  3. Huawei is Committed to Collaboration & Contribution



Open Source Networking Opportunities for the Enterprise

  1. Migration of content to public cloud means flow patterns are changing.
  2. Open source networking offers some distinct advantages however there are some obstacles






The Value of Open Source for Both Providers and Users  

  1. Open source provides: greater transparency and greater innovation
  2. Innovation challenge is network evolution vs compute evolution







  1. ONAP is a common platform for rapidly designing, implementing & managing differentiated services.
  2. ONAP represents ~55% of Global Subs






ONAP showcasing its first capabilities:  


 Demonstration of 2 use cases – virtual Firewall (vFW) and vDNS/ virtual Load balancer (vLB) using ONAP.





Panel Discussion: Enabling Transformation with ONAP


The Panel discussion focused on the following points

  • First service that AT&T deployed using ONAP and experience & lessons learned from ONAP deployments in real network.
  • Vodafone joining ONAP and How does ONAP fit in Vodafone transformation strategy?
  • Devops: what does it mean to operators and what are the main challenges with this approach?
  • BT transformation strategy and how does ONAP fit in this strategy?
  • The optimum role of vendors in open source and how is it different from before?
  • The progress of ONAP project YTD and the ONAP/MEF collaboration


Closing Remarks

  1. Vendors need to cooperate and support multi-vendor NFV/SDN To enables rapid TTM and reduced SI costs for operators, who can then “Differentiate at the Service Layer”.
  2. There is a desperate need for standards, this is why Vodafone joined ONAP





The slides and the event recording and are posted on the London Event Site