A new Open Testbed Community (OTC) aimed at stimulating 5G innovation is getting underway with the backing of IEEE Software Defined Networks (IEEE SDN), a cross-society IEEE worldwide program addressing the main techno-economic aspects concerning SDN and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), and EIT Digital, the leading European digital innovation and entrepreneurial education organization.
The organizers hope the testing will spur important work on performance, orchestration and validation. This is an open initiative, and all stakeholders are encouraged to help shape this important work. A goal of this work will be to set clear, achievable deliverables in the spirit of agile software development.
Roberto Minerva of Telecom Italia, the Chairman of the workshop stated: “We estimate that the combination of these new Open Federated Testbeds and the IEEE Testbed Catalog will result in a 50% reduction in the time to test network functions, applications, services and even new, disruptive business models.”
Marko Turpeinen of EIT Digital’s Silicon Valley Hub said: “EU-USA collaboration on the future of networks and 5G paves the way for a host of multi-lateral initiatives with industry, academic research and innovators on a wide range of key technology challenges. We look forward to engage fully on this cooperation path with IEEE.”