As we wrap up 2020, I wanted to take a moment to look at where the industry is headed and what we’ve learned this year.
- Telecom & Cloud ‘Plumbing’ based on 5G Open Source will drive accelerated investments from top markets (Government, Manufacturing, and Enterprises)
- The Last piece of the “open” puzzle will fall in place: Radio Access Network (RAN)
- The final closed architecture in the 148- year- old Telecom industry — the RAN — is finally open! 2021 will bring the first build-outs of open RAN technology in close collaboration with Edge and Core. Visit the O-RAN Software Community for more information.
- “Remote Work” will continue to be the greatest positive distraction, especially within the open source community
- LFN and LFE saw about 25-40% Growth in Developers and Contribution during 2020, and we expect the pace to pick up to almost 50% as more vertical industries embrace open source technologies. See Software Defined Vertical Industries: Transformation Through Open Source, a Linux Foundation white paper.
- “Futures” (aka bells and whistle features & future-looking capabilities) will give way to “functioning blueprints”
- Open source interoperability, compliance & verification for rapid deployment becomes the highest priority in 2021 beyond software. See the latest Blueprints from LF Edge’s Akraino project, as well as information on OPNFV + CNTT’s latest integrations.
- AI/ML technologies become mainstream
What did I miss?
I would love to have your comments on LinkedIn. What do you expect 2021 will bring to the open networking and edge table?
About the Author: Arpit Joshipura is General Manager, Networking, Edge & IoT, the Linux Foundation