• BT signs TM Forum’s OpenAPI and Open Digital Architecture Manifesto.

Elsewhere in BT Tech: BT puts willingness to tackle legacy in writing.

Elsewhere in BT Tech: BT puts willingness to tackle legacy in writing.

Source: Nokia

  • BT was flagged as one of eleven new signatories to the TM Forum’s OpenAPI and Open Digital Architecture Manifesto. A total of 30 companies have now signed up to the Manifesto, including Deutsche Telekom, Telefónica, and Vodafone. TM Forum also said that Amdocs, Netcracker Technologies, Nokia, and Oracle Communications are adopting the OpenDigital Architecture (ODA) platform that was launched in February 2018. BT has championed both the OpenAPI and ODA initiatives through its participation in Digital Transformation World events (BTwatch, #297 and #305). It was also one of the signatories of the OpenAPI Mandate when the TM Forum launched the OpenAPI initiative in February 2016. As explained by the TM Forum, the over‑arching aim is to move from legacy operations/business support systems to cloud‑native software components, and replace traditional IT architectures with the ODA’s standardised plug‑and‑play components, data model, and open APIs.
  • Nokia was heavily trailing the planned launch on 9 July 2020 of a revamp of its data centre networking technology, with the promise of a new proposition expected to “offer cloud builders an unprecedented ability to adapt, automate, and scale” though creation of a new network operations (NetOps) toolbox. Details of the launch were deliberately vague as the vendor trumpeted a “the switch is on slogan (plus associated hashtag), but it may be linked to the vendor’s work on NF‑IX infrastructure architecture intended to support the unified and scalable interworking of physical and virtualised networked functions. The architecture approach being championed by Nokia is described as creating a model that “makes carrier-grade networks highly consumable for cloud-based services”. The new NetOps initiative is being led by Basil Alwan, Nokia’s President of IP/Optical Networks and has already found an enthusiastic backer in BT Group’s Neil McRae, who predicted the technology would be “absolutely fantastic” in anticipation of the launch. BT was identified as one of the first major operator customers for the IP/Optical Networks team’s 7750 Service Router in April 2019, and SD‑WAN solutions from Nokia subsidiary Nuage Networks already play a key role in the operator’s Dynamic Network Services portfolio (BTwatch, #304 and passim).