Orange to test AT&T's open source ECOMP platform

Global operator Orange has reported plans to test AT&T´s platform for creating and managing a software-defined network, the company said.

AT&T built this platform, called ECOMP, with a focus on making it accessible to other operators and cloud developers. AT&T has committed to releasing ECOMP as open source software in conjunction with the Linux Foundation.

AT&T and Orange´s said they will collaborate on open source and standardization initiatives to accelerate the standardization of software-defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV) technologies.

Orange is the first telecom company to join AT&T´s ECOMP efforts to validate the software-centric vision AT&T adopted several years ago as a response to skyrocketing demand for network capacity.

AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) provides entertainment, mobile, high speed internet and voice services, and is a provider of pay TV in the US and 11 Latin American countries.