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Linux Foundation, ETSI to drive harmonisation across open source, open standards

September 26, 2023

Posted by: Shriya Raban

Ultan Mulligan of ETSI

The Linux Foundation and ETSI have announced expanded collaboration. While the two organisations have been working together for years, the 2019 formal Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) recently has been updated and expanded.

The formal link between our communities encourages and enables collaboration across communications, promotion and events, as well as common initiatives spanning multi-access edge computing (MEC), network function virtualisation (NFV) / cloud-native network functions (CNF), artificial intelligence, software defined networking, autonomous networks, 5G/6G. Specific updates to the MoU include broader mapping of areas of interest to now include additional Linux Foundation project communities such as LF Networking’s CNF (cloud native network functions) initiatives, CAMARA, and Nephio, some of which were not yet created at the time of the initial MOU or its renewal. ETSI has also identified new areas of potential collaboration. These include zero touch network management and ETSI Open Source groups such as OSM (order and service management) and the recently created TeraFlowSDN.

“ETSI is pleased to extend our successful collaboration with the Linux Foundation, which has developed continually over the years,” says Ultan Mulligan, ETSI’s chief services officer. “We have capitalised on this experience to create our own Software Development Groups. These groups will cater for the expected greater use of software in standardisation of future technologies such as 6G and will help further extend ETSI’s cooperation with the Linux Foundation.”

“ETSI and the Linux Foundation have worked on harmonising open source and open standards for the past several years, with examples spanning Cloud Native Functions descriptor specification implementations within projects such as ONAP,” says Arpit Joshipura, general manager, networking, edge and IoT, the Linux Foundation. “We are looking forward to expanding this to areas across the stack enabled by automation and AI.”

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