What Does Open-Source Software Mean for Ericsson, Huawei, Nokia, and ZTE?

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By Don Alusha | 1Q 2020 | IN-5771


Open-Source Software in Telecoms


Apache, an open-source web server platform developed by Apache Software Foundation, powers two-thirds of the Web sites in the world today[1]. The adoption of community-developed software, also known as open-source, began in the enterprise domain, where companies rely on it to reach the required scale for their operations. Amazon, Google, and Netflix are some prominent examples that achieved growth and maturity based on an open-source platform strategy. Bloomberg goes a step further by being the only company that relies solely on open-source software, unbound by proprietary software and support. Now, the telecoms industry is also leveraging innovation from the IT domain, cloud technologies, and associated Intellectual Property (IP). For example, numerous vendors are contributing to open-source initiatives such as Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) and open-source Management and Orchestration (ETSI OSM). Consequently, open-source tools can potentially accelerate industry’s efforts to migrate to more digital and cloud-oriented operations.

A byproduct of that acceleration is,…

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