Comptel Corporation has enriched Comptel FLOWONE, giving telecommunications operators the means to better manage digital service lifecycles and meet customer experience and market expectations for virtualised service offerings.
The FLOWONE V solution, which runs on top of Comptel’s fulfillment stack, incorporates virtualised network function onboarding and service chaining, digital service design and orchestration, and dynamic, closed-loop service assurance. It allows operators to transform their current service delivery processes by connecting the cloud and physical resources (e.g. compute, storage, network) with business management processes and systems (e.g. customer care, billing, customer order management).
“To properly address the business opportunity for digital services, operators have to be able to innovate, create, deliver and manage these services on-demand, accurately and in ways that are contextually relevant for Generation Cloud,” said Antti Koskela, Executive Vice President, Service Orchestration, Comptel. “A digital service management layer such as the one offered by FLOWONE V will help ensure telcos’ agility, as it supports the rapid ingestion of and the ability to compose and deploy digital services comprised of virtualised network functionality, IT applications and third-party content.”
Comptel Joins 22 Service Providers and Solution Vendors to Create a Global Open Source MANO (OSM) Community
OSM has been created under the umbrella of ETSI, and it is an operator-led community to meet the requirements of production NFV networks such as a common Information Model (IM) that has been defined, implemented and released in open source software.
Founding members of OSM include BT, Canonical, Intel, Mirantis, RIFT.io, Telefónica, Telekom Austria Group and Telenor, along with other initial participants such as Benu Networks, Brocade, Dell, Indra, Korea Telecom, Metaswitch, RADWare, Red Hat, Sandvine, SK Telecom, Sprint, Telmex, xFlow and 6WIND.
OSM’s project scope covers both resource and service orchestration to allow automated deployment and interconnection of all components, both for NFV network scenarios and the management of network service lifecycles.
“MANO is, at the same time, one of the key components and most controversial concepts in network virtualisation architecture. Telefónica has long been working from the point of view of innovation in its development,” said Antonio Elizondo, Head of Network Virtualisation Strategy and Technology, Global CTO Unit, Telefónica. “A first result and seed of OSM is OpenMANO, a highly functional framework pioneering the first open source NFV orchestration and management stack and currently a key component of Telefónica’s NFV Reference Lab. By joining this community, we aim to accelerate the development of MANO, while recognising the value of open source implementations of NFV and a need to harmonise efforts there.”
“In their transformation to become digital service providers, telcos have recognised the importance of vendor- and technology-neutral approaches towards service orchestration. The OSM initiative is valuable to explore, understand and define the role played by open source software and its point of demarcation with traditional software and best practices,” continued Koskela. “Comptel is proud to be associated with the project and will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience in addressing the operational and network service management needs for telco services.”