Open Source Core Networks?
The CORD Project (Central Office Re-architected as a Datacenter) now says its open source virtualized Evolved Packet Core (EPC), part of the broader 5G M-CORD suite, now is available, building on the Radisys EPC framework. “Today, with Radisys’ transformative open source EPC contribution, M-CORD is on its way to becoming a completely end-to-end open source platform that will deliver the fundamental value of 5G with economies of scale in the mobile network and accelerated delivery of new services,” said Guru Parulkar, executive director of the Open Networking Foundation and ON.Lab.
Open source core network platforms are the objective of the CORD Project, supported by AT&T, China Unicom, Google, NTT Communications, SK Telecom, and Verizon, Ciena, Cisco, Fujitsu, Intel, NEC, Nokia, Radisys and Samsung.
CORD and its partners also are developing the open M-CORD platform for 5G including open source solutions for programmable Radio Access Network (RAN), disaggregated and virtualized EPC, mobile edge computing, and end-to-end slicing from RAN to EPC, the group says.
CORD intends to bring data center economics and cloud flexibility to the telco Central Office and to the entire access network.