AirHop Communications Joins Open Networking Lab to Support SDN

By Casey Houser February 11, 2016

AirHop Communications has built its company around the development of self-organizing networks (SONs) – those networks that can alter their own activity patterns by comparing past performance with ongoing goals. The company recently announced that it will take its own eSON network to the Open Networking Lab, a startup incubator, and contribute to the development of radio networks on the Open Network Operating System, which formed to produce an open source operating system that could handle the demands of enterprise-grade software-defined networking.

As its mission progresses, AirHop is expected to support telecoms in their quests for 5G mobile network creation that will take place through the Mobile Central Office Re-architected as a Datacenter (MCORD) initiative, an Open Network Operating System project that will assist such telecoms in creating virtual network functions and running them on software-defined networks.

Yan Hui, the co-founder and CEO of AirHop, commented that his company is excited to be part of this project and influence the future of mobile networking.

“We are excited to be part of the ONOS ecosystem and to bring our state-of-art eSON solution to help achieve the goal of re-architecting the mobile networks with MCORD for 5G,” Hui noted in addition to stating his confidence in the Open Networking Lab and the ability of software-based networks to address the growing global demand for mobile data and personal user experiences.

Bill Snow, the vice president of engineering at Open Networking Operating System, also pushed forward that confidence in the development of these next-generation networks. He said AirHop will fit in well and has significant potential to bring MCORD into commercial use.

AirHop will reportedly work with other Open Networking Lab member companies to demonstrate the effectiveness of the Open Network Operating System. First, they will need to show how the operating system can handle SONs such as AirHop’s own. From there, the companies can demonstrate how eSON will properly handle the demands of software-defined networking and virtual network functions while also paying mind to how all these parts can efficiently handle radio signals and give telecoms more leverage to provide experiences of high quality to their customers.

Edited by Kyle Piscioniere

Contributing Writer

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