AT&T, Orange collaborate on standardization initiatives for software-defined networking

AT&T (NYSE: T) and Orange (NYSE: ORAN) have signed an agreement to collaborate on open source and standardization initiatives that will accelerate the standardization of software-defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV) technologies, the companies said.

The companies are aligning on a strategic vision to move intelligence from customer hardware to the network, reducing cost and complexity. This effort will help the industry and business customers move faster toward a more agile, flexible and on-demand networking future.

Through a network-centric approach, AT&T and Orange are committed to making the SDN and NFV vision and benefits more accessible for both businesses and the industry.

AT&T Inc. provides entertainment, mobile, high speed internet and voice services, and is a large provider of pay TV in the US and Latin America.

Orange is a telecommunications operator with sales of EUR40 billion in 2015 and 155,000 employees worldwide at 31 March 2016,