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ONS 2019: the balance is shifting from telco thinking to open source

If 2020 is likely to be the year when 5G moves into the mainstream, history may remember it as an even more important turning point for the mobile industry – the year when open source initiatives seized the balance of power from conventional standards organizations and traditional telco thinking. Not in the radio standards of course – it will be another generation or two before the 3GPP’s position is usurped. But when it comes to ETSI, increasingly projects inaugurated by that body are being taken up, perhaps hijacked, by open source groups hosted by the Linux Foundation (LF). In two key areas, edge computing and the management and orchestration (MANO) of virtualized networks, the industry impetus has shifted from ETSI…

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