Here at Lumina Networks, we’ve been preaching the gospel of open source, end-to-end network control for years. We believe that as more service providers geared up for their 5G rollouts, they’d eventually reach the same conclusion: that 5G makes it essential to embrace a more standardized, unified control plane.

Sometimes you feel like you’re shouting into the void. Sometimes, you wonder if people are listening at all. Hello? Is this thing on?

You can imagine how gratifying it was to learn that this week Lumina was named to the GSMA 100. The GSMA 100 represents the world’s most promising new companies advancing the next generation of connectivity and digital services. And, since these nominations come directly from members of GSMA—the world’s most prominent mobile industry group, representing 750 mobile network operators and hundreds of mobile suppliers—we can only draw one conclusion: The industry is finally ready for the open source model we’ve been advocating.

Laying a Foundation for More Flexible 5G Networks

As 5G rollouts ramp up around the globe, we’ve been working closely with some of the service provider leaders pioneering the use of open source software-defined networking (SDN). Companies like AT&T, Verizon, Telstra, and many others are demanding more freedom and flexibility for their 5G networks, and they’ve brought us in to help make it happen.

Why? Because 5G networks are just too complicated, with too many moving parts. If service providers want to deliver automated, on-demand 5G experiences, they can’t just patch together proprietary solutions for all the different vendors and network segments as they’ve done in the past. Operationally, that’s a recipe for high costs, slower speed to market and spiraling complexity. Instead, they’re much better served following a more open, universal framework for controlling 5G infrastructures—including both new and legacy equipment—from a single pane of glass.

Clearly, more service providers now agree. They’re recognizing the central role that OpenDaylight, Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP), and other open source projects can play in delivering end-to-end automation, without vendor lock-in; they’re buying into open source, and they’re looking to companies like Lumina to help them get it right.

So, thank you to GSMA members worldwide who nominated and supported us for this designation. It’s an honor to be championing the freedom and flexibility of open source, and helping operators unleash the power of tomorrow’s open 5G networks.

Learn more about how our open source solutions are returning control to the operators.

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