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Finding the connection between 5G and CORD

Support for the central office re-architected as a data center design continues to grow, but what the connection between CORD efforts and 5G?

On this week’s “NFV/SDN Reality Check,” we speak with Radisys on the connection between the telecommunication industry’s move towards a “5G” technology future and software efforts based on the central office re-architected as a data center design.

The CORD project, which was formed by the Open Network Operating System in early 2015, is focused on accelerating the adoption of open source SDN and NFV solutions for service providers using open source platforms like ONOS, OpenStack, Docker and XOS. ONOS last year showcased various CORD use cases, including mobile CORD, which is said to integrate disaggregated and virtualized radio access network, evolved packet core and mobile edge computing to target “5G” technology moves.

The project was recently folded into The Linux Foundation as an independent open source project, and was quickly followed up by the release of its first open reference implementation targeted at providing a single integrated solution platform for creating new customer services. The reference design is said to allow developers to autobuild CORD on a single node within one hour.

CORD members include AT&T, China Unicom, Google, NTT Communications, SK Telecom, Comcast, CenturyLink and Verizon Communication; and vendor partners Ciena, Cisco, Fujitsu, Intel, NEC, Nokia, Radisys and Samsung.

CenturyLink this week claimed a market first by using its own virtualized broadband network gateway to support broadband services using the CORD design as part of an ongoing transition of its central offices using network virtualization technology. The implementation includes the use of a CenturyLink software-defined networking access controller, which is based on an OpenDaylight-based controller stack, designed to integrate the operator’s legacy operating support systems and “latest generation orchestration platforms.”

On this week’s show we spoke with Bryan Sadowski, VP of product at Radisys, to get insight into the connection between CORD and M-CORD work and the telecommunication industry’s march towards 5G technology.

Thanks for watching this week’s show and make sure to check out our next “NFV/SDN Reality Check” when we speak with Sprint COO of Technology Guenther Ottendorfer on the carrier’s NFV and SDN plans.

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