Scrappy, Dublin-based startup UBIqube has landed a nice research-and-development gig in South Korea. The Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) has picked UBIqube’s MSActivator Framework as a technology for its network test bed.
UBIqube’s MSActivator software is part service development platform, part orchestration tool. Company officials say the MSActivator platform will enable ETRI to build a more flexible service orchestration platform that will enable it to quickly integrate new vendors, streamline service integration, and reduce service turn-up time.
This technology attacks a next-generation problem for telcos: How do they become more flexible and act more like cloud service providers by using software to quickly develop new services in a “DevOps” style program?
ETRI engineers say the tool will be used to expand Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) orchestration and implement NFV using the ETSI MANO specifications. MSActivator allows a service provider to build a “service mashup interface” on the fly.
ETRI is a non-profit, government-funded research organization with a 25-year history of developing telecommunication technologies, including: TDX-Exchange, High Density Semiconductor Microchips, Mini-Super Computer (TiCOM), and Digital Mobile Telecommunication System (CDMA).
Bhum-Cheol Lee, Director of ETRI’s Network Computing Convergence Research Section, said in the press release:
UBIqube’s commercial production experience with world’s top carriers in the NFV space and its unique capability of handling standardized as well as non-standardized devices would bring a great value to Korean and Global telecom markets. ETRI’s development effort for Distributed Cloud OS and Multi-domain MANO will benefit from the collaboration and both parties will co-market the project results in the global market.
UBIqube’s MSActivator Framework is also being used by NTT and several other leading PTTs to deliver services.
UBIqube can be grouped into a category of companies pursuing higher-level integration and orchestration of communications services known as Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO), which helps deliver, manage, and monitor new telecom services based on open standards. UBIqube was featured in our recent premium report, “Service Provider Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO) Overview and Market Forecast.”
On June 3, I’ll be moderating a webinar sponsored by UBIqube and hosted on SDXcentral: UBIqube Solutions Webinar: Agile Orchestration & DevOps Culture in Telecom. Sign up and check it out!