nbn Co announced that it is the first commercial Australian network operator to become a member of the global Open Networking Foundation (ONF).

Industry bodies like ONF break down inflexible systems and allow operators to pick the best-in-breed component for their organisation by providing access to open-source software and hardware.

Traditional proprietary platforms can create a vendor ‘lock-in’, causing operators to become dependent on a specific vendor for hardware, software and services, which makes switching to other solutions more complex and costly.

Membership in ONF is expected to give nbn Co global insights as the telecommunications industry begins moving away from traditional single-purpose, proprietary platforms towards open and flexible lower-cost solutions.

The immediate opportunity for nbn Co in joining ONF is the ability to interact directly with a community of over 100 partners to begin investigating the company’s current and future network needs.

nbn Co’s Chief Technology Officer, Ray Owen said, “Joining the ONF and its push for more open standards on networking deployment is a demonstration of our commitment to find innovative ways to deploy and manage the network.

“By investigating open-source software and building on the work already done by the ONF, we can aim to drive programmable network architectures through disaggregation of control.

“This will help to enable us to achieve a faster time to market with our wholesale products and deeper systems integration with retail service providers.”

Open Networking Foundation’s Vice President of Marketing and Ecosystem, Timon Sloane, said, “nbn Co is an ideal candidate to benefit from the ONF’s access and edge projects. As Australia’s national provider of wholesale broadband access, nbn Co provides a wide variety of access services over different last mile technologies.

“ONF’s SEBA project virtualises broadband access to create a single access network regardless of the last mile technology used for each subscriber.

“Currently supporting XGS-PON and G-PON, our community would like to see SEBA expanded to support additional flavours of PON, DSL, DOCSIS and more. This work has the potential to help vastly transform and optimise nbn Co’s access network using next generation open source elements.

“We are very excited to have nbn Co as the first Australian network operator joining the ONF membership.”

Lauren ‘LJ’ Butler is the Assistant Editor of Utility magazine and has been part of the team at Monkey Media since 2018.

After completing a Bachelor of Media, Communications and Professional Writing at the University of Wollongong in 2014, and prior to writing about the utility sector, LJ worked as a Journalist and Sub Editor across the horticulture, hardware, power equipment, construction and accommodation industries with publishers such as Glenvale Publications, Multimedia Publishing and Bean Media Group.

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