CENX, a service assurance software firm announced that it is working with communications service providers (CSPs), including Vodafone, Verizon, NTT, BT, AT&T, Orange, du Telecom and Telecom Italia Mobile, as part of the TM Forum Catalyst Project Blade Runner. The Catalyst is a joint proof of concept, designed to develop the underlying OSS infrastructure required for multiple service providers to work in tandem to deliver end-to-end service orchestration for large enterprise customers with multiple global locations and complex service assurance scenarios.
The objective of the Catalyst is to enable carriers to model 5G services and then expose them between operators by leveraging industry standards such as ODA, ONAP and open APIs.
Project lead, Dimitris Symeonidis, Enterprise Architect at Vodafone Group Services, commented: “Modern cloud-based, software-defined networks will bring a new era of unlimited data and IoT use cases. To successfully deliver complex and innovative services, including augmented reality, we need to enable a diverse partner ecosystem that works together seamlessly. It is here where 5G and multi-access edge computing (MEC) need to come together to deliver enterprise services across partner networks, supported by closed-loop assurance and using industry frameworks and standards.”
SVP, Sales & Marketing, Jay McMullan for CENX, commented: “We are excited to be part of an initiative that is propelling us towards a world where exciting IoT applications and 5G services, such as smart industries, connected cars and remote surgeries, can become a reality. Critical to supporting these complex services is the ability to support closed-loop assurance across different service providers, which is where CENX’s expertise comes into play.”