ONAP issues its first release dubbed ‘Amsterdam’

By Dr. Nermin Mohamed VP Solutions and Marketing, Huawei USA

Focused on e2e automation and efficiency supporting the creation of high performance, flexible, and scalable software defined infrastructures, ONAP announced the availability of its first platform release, dubbed “Amsterdam,” on November 16. The project’s first release contains a set of new features to enable commercial-ready solutions for software-defined infrastructures.

The Linux Foundation’s Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) was created earlier this year by combining AT&T‘s open sourcing of its ECOMP platform and Open Orchestrator (Open-O) pioneered by China Mobile Ltd. and Huawei to form SDN, machine learning, automation, analytics, security and 5G elements.

The consolidation of OPEN-O and open source ECOMP under a harmonized, unified ONAP represents a key milestone in our telecom industry towards building a strong open ecosystem to deliver an end-to-end Open Network Automation Platform through the collaboration of a global, sustainable community to transform the service delivery lifecycle.

Huawei believes the Amsterdam release lays the foundation for SDN/NFV networking automation. Huawei is actively working with global operators and solution providers in the ONAP community who are currently representing about 55 percent of the world’s mobile subscribers to build, test and integrate the platform that will improve service velocity, HW/SW choice and interoperability, while reducing overall costs.


According to ONAP’s analytics page as of November, Huawei is the second leading contributor to ONAP.

Together with Vodafone, Huawei recently co-hosted Open Source Networking Days London on October 16th, 2017 to attract new members and developers and to provide general awareness and market education regarding new open networking stack and ONAP. This one day focused on open source strategies, automation, innovation and ONAP  technical deep dive (See 2017 Open Source Networking (OSN) Days London Blog).

Huawei embrace openness strategy and has been involved in open source for many years, and we are utilizing open source components in our commercial products. We are very active in many open source projects, in many communities. And we determine how best to engage with the communities in order to jointly and quickly develop solutions that we can build into our product offerings.

Huawei will continue to be actively involved in ONAP  initiatives, we will continue to actively participating, proactively collaborating and effectively contributing to the future releases.

We will also continue to closely collaborate with our key customers through ONAP  community together to guide ONAP  architectural evolution, technical innovation and business priority identification driving towards simple, agile, intelligent and automated next-gen OSS/BSS platform.

The current ONAP  architecture and its future evolution are largely consistent with Huawei’s design and orchestrator platform development and we look forward to working with our customers to move ONAP -based solution into real networks using business oriented approaches.

Huawei has made important contributions to ONAP and to the Amsterdam release. Huawei played a key role through 2016 to work closely with AT&T and CMCC for the successful consolidation of Open-ECOMP and OPEN-O in forming the basis of ONAP. Huawei was an initiator, founding member and key contributor for the OPEN-O community, for which we contributed more than 1.4 million lines of code, which was transferred to ONAP code. Huawei is one of the platinum founding member of ONAP community. At present, Huawei is leading five key community projects (SO, VNF SDK, Modeling, Integration, and ONAP CLI). Additionally, Huawei representatives were elected to the community architecture subcommittee PTL seat (held by Christopher Donley), the modeling subcommittee PTL seat (held by Hui Deng), the community release manager seat (held by Gildas Lanilis), and the community standard seat (Hui Deng). More details on the projects and subcommittees can be found on the ONAP Developer Wiki.

Dr. Nermin is VP of Solutions and Marketing at Huawei USA. During her 20-plus years of experience, she has held a number of senior positions in telecom industry as well as academia including Nortel Networks, Ericsson, and Alexandria University. Nermin holds a doctorate in Electrical Engineering from Southern Methodist University.