Continues Commitment to Open Source and Leadership in Open Networking

SAN FRANCISCO – MARCH 28, 2017 – The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit advancing professional open source management for mass collaboration, today announced that AT&T has become a Platinum member.

This follows news of the company’s contribution of several million lines of ECOMP code to The Linux Foundation, as well as the new Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) Project based on production-ready code from AT&T and OPEN-O contributors.

Chris Rice, senior vice president of AT&T Labs, joins The Linux Foundation Board of Directors and was also recently selected as the ONAP chairman.

“Open source is crucial to AT&T’s software transformation,” said Chris Rice, chairman of ONAP and senior vice president of AT&T Labs. “So, it was a natural decision for us to join The Linux Foundation. SDN is helping us meet performance, capital spending and efficiency goals and we expect continued benefits. But more so, we recognize that the open source community accelerates innovation. We’re excited to work with The Linux Foundation and its members to promote a globally accepted platform for SDN and NFV technologies.”

“AT&T’s membership and the launch of the ONAP Project kick off a year that promises to be pivotal in open networking,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director of The Linux Foundation. “We welcome Chris to our Board of Directors and look forward to close collaboration with AT&T to rapidly advance SDN and virtual network functions.”

Linux Foundation Platinum members include AT&T, Cisco, Fujitsu, Hitachi, Huawei, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, NEC, Oracle, Qualcomm Technologies and Samsung.

AT&T has a strong history of collaboration with open source communities. These include OPNFV, Cloud Native Computing Foundation, Open Container Initiative, OpenStack, ON.Lab, Open Networking Foundation and the OpenDaylight End User Advisory Board. The company also manages more than 70 GitHub projects.

AT&T and others will gather next week in Santa Clara at Open Networking Summit. More information about the industry’s premier event for open networking and orchestration is available at http://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/open-networking-summit.

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