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ZTE teams with China Mobile to demonstrate Elastic Conductor NFV orchestrator technology
Announced Date: 3/17/2016 Published Date: 3/21/2016

ZTE announced that in partnership with China Mobile it has successfully showcased network functions virtualisation orchestrator (NFVO) technology that implements code use cases of Open-O, an open source orchestrator prototype, at the Open Networking Summit 2016.

During the event the two companies showed their latest developments in the areas of network orchestration and monitoring. As part of this collaboration, ZTE has launched its Elastic Conductor solution, which was applied on Open-O systems and assisted China Mobile in the implementation of the NFVO demonstration. ZTE noted that the demonstration also docked with multi-vendor virtualised network functions (VNFs).

China Mobile has been building its next-generation network, NovoNet, since 2015, and Open-O comprises a key component of NovoNet by providing support for NFV/software-defined networking (SDN) service orchestration and supervision in the network. China Mobile previously showcased the Open-O system at the NFV summit in November 2015 and recently announced a joint initiative with The Linux Foundation relating to the Open-O project at MWC 2016.

ZTE’s Elastic Conductor solution employs NFV/SDN and big data technologies. The solution is designed to provide an ElasticNet ‘brain’ and open functionality. The Elastic Conductor orchestrator is based on an open source architecture and is compatible with the Open-O project, and as a result China Mobile selected ZTE as a partner to support the development of a NFV orchestrator prototype.

ZTE noted that it is actively supporting the Open-O project, which was initiated by the Linux Foundation as an open source orchestration project, and has been a major contributor to the project.

Last December, ZTE announced it had completed tests conducted by China's Department of Big Data and IT Technology and China Mobile Research Institute (CMRI) for Internet of Things (IoT) docking and interoperability in relation to the deployment of cloud-based network function virtualisation (NFV) technologies. During the testing, ZTE provided management and orchestration (MANO) and IMS solutions that met China Mobile's requirements for IoT network virtualisation functions.

Earlier in 2015, ZTE announced that it had been selected as a partner for China Mobile's Open NFV (OPNFV) test lab, operated by CMRI and established to support the global adoption and commercialisation of NFV technology.