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AirHop Communications Uses Open Source SDN and NFV Platform to Deliver Self-Organizing Network Solutions

AirHop Communications Inc., a leading supplier of Self-Organizing Network (SON) solutions for heterogeneous networks (HetNets), today announced that it joined the Open Networking Lab (ON.Lab) as a collaborator and will demonstrate its award winning eSON technology as a key application on Open Network Operating System (ONOS) open source software platform. AirHop will support the ONOS Mobile Central Office Re-architected as a Datacenter (MCORD) initiative, which provides service provider with a 5G ready network function virtualization (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN) platform to reduce CapEx and OpEx, improve service deployment agility and end-user Quality of Experiences (QoE).

AirHop’s eSON solution enables mobile operators to reduce operating costs by automating network deployment, optimizing network coverage and capacity and improving end-user QoE in HetNets. This collaboration will help accelerate the adoption and deployment of MCORD architecture as 5G platform by providing conventional as well as real-time SON functionality using a cloud-based software to seamlessly coordinate and optimize physical and virtual resources across virtualized baseband units (vBBU) in the SDN.

By working together with other ON.Lab member companies, AirHop will:

  • Demonstrate the flexibility of the ONOS platform to support critical network applications such as real-time SON.
  • Demonstrate how AirHop’s eSON architecture is designed to fit in the SDN/NFV framework.
  • Demonstrate how SON on ONOS addresses efficient use of resource, including radio resources, and better QoE to customers.

“We welcome AirHop’s contributions to the ONOS community,” said Bill Snow, Vice President of Engineering at the ONOS project. “Collaborations with innovative companies such as AirHop that deliver commercial ready SON solutions that fit naturally into our NFV and SDN framework significantly strengthen ONOS' community and help accelerate commercialization of MCORD initiative to bring datacenter economics and cloud agility to the Telco Central Office.”

“ONOS, led by ON.Labs, has been very successful aligning the industry leaders to establish the Open Source SDN/NFV platform that directly address service providers’ challenges of increased system investment associated with growth in data usage and demand for customized user experiences,” said Yan ***, co-founder and CEO of AirHop. “We are excited to be part of the ONOS ecosystem and to bring our state-of-art eSON solution to help achieve the goal of re-architecting the mobile networks with MCORD for 5G.”

ONOS' ecosystem comprises ON.Lab and worldwide organizations that are funding and contributing to the ONOS project. ONOS Partner members include Verizon, AT&T, NTT Communications, SK Telecom, China Unicom, Ciena, Cisco, Ericsson, Fujitsu, Huawei, Intel and NEC.

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Published Tuesday, February 09, 2016 10:34 AM by David Marshall
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