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ONF Releases COMAC v1.0 Reference Design for Multi Access Converged Networks

Delivers Centralized Control with Direct Access Termination at the Edge for Broadband, Optical, and Mobile Networks

MENLO PARK, Calif. - May 18, 2020 - Today the Open Networking Foundation announced the release of the COMAC (Converged Multi-Access and Core) Reference Design (RD) specification. In parallel, the COMAC exemplar platform (open source software) was released and deployed by T-Mobile Poland.  This specification was authored by network operators - AT&T, China Unicom, Deutsche Telekom, Google, Turk Telecom/Netsia.

“With COMAC, ONF operator partners are driving a sea change with substantial advancement towards combining and converging what were once wholly separate networks: the edge, RAN and operator core,” said Oguz Sunay, Vice President R&D Mobility, for the ONF. “COMAC brings convergence to operators’ mobile and broadband access and core networks, while leveraging and unifying both access and core projects. The end result is far greater infrastructure efficiencies as well as improvements for common subscriber authentication and service delivery capabilities enabling users to roam seamlessly between mobile and fixed environments.  Achieving full convergence will be a journey, and both the COMAC Reference Design specification and the paired open source platform deliver for operators the first step towards the goal of a single converged optimized network.”

COMAC is a platform for converging 5G and LTE mobile networks together with broadband access networks, and this RD joins ONF’s portfolio of RD specifications for broadband (SEBA), optical (ODTN), SDN fabric (Trellis) and Next-Generation SDN.  COMAC, like all ONF RDs, is authored by operators who have committed to deploying open source solutions based on the specification.

The exemplar platform open source software release of COMAC v1.0 was released in late 2019, and went into deployment by T-Mobile Poland in early 2020.    

 For details about COMAC, watch ONF’s video. 

About the Open Networking Foundation

The Open Networking Foundation (ONF) is an operator led consortium spearheading disruptive network transformation. The ONF Is now  recognized as a leader for open source solutions for operators. The ONF first launched in 2011 as the standard bearer for Software Defined Networking (SDN). Led by its operator partners AT&T, China Unicom, Comcast, Deutsche Telekom, Google, NTT Group and Turk Telekom, the ONF is driving vast transformation across the operator space. For further information visit: https://opennetworking.org