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Experts in the telecommunications industry agree it needs greater agility and flexibility. As a result, telecommunications is undergoing a major shift and beginning to embrace open source software. Telecom companies are learning from the computer sector to move away from their traditional, proprietary development models towards collaborative software-focused approaches to compete against web-based firms, which are transitioning into their space.

“Open source software has the high ground in the telecom industry,” wrote RCR Wireless News reporter Nathan Cranford. “Open source solutions are more affordable, innovative, secure and agile than traditional proprietary programs.” 

Companies — from start-ups to Fortune 500 enterprises and businesses in between —are rapidly joining the Open Invention Network community, the largest non-patent aggression consortium in history. Corporations such as Vodafone, AT&T, Verizon, KDDI, SK Telecom and other OIN advocates continue joining OIN to demonstrate their support for freedom of action in Linux as a key element of open source software.

Industry News

Abusix Joins Open Invention Network as Licensee
"Abusix makes use of multiple open source tools within its products. These foundational software elements are well trusted by our Service Provider clients, who prefer infrastructure components that are also open source," said Tobias Knecht CEO & Founder of Abusix. "By becoming an OIN licensee, we encourage the development of solutions that can be used to block bad actors from abusing subscribers or servers."

Abusix, a specialist provider of Threat Intelligence and Subscriber Security solutions for Telcos and Internet Service Providers (ISPs), protects their client security and eliminates the subscriber churn related to breached accounts. 
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KDDI’s Participation in OIN Will Drive Additional Innovation, Collaboration and Patent Non-Aggression in Network and Enterprise Communications
“KDDI is committed to offering high-quality telecommunication service and a variety of Internet of Things (IoT) service, including vehicle telematics, smart meters and others. Linux and open source are critical elements in technologies, which we are developing,” said Hiroshi Kawana, General Manager of the Intellectual Property Department at KDDI Corporation. “By joining the Open Invention Network, we are demonstrating our continued commitment to innovation and supporting it with patent non-aggression in Linux.”

KDDI is a Fortune Global 500 company and one Asia’s largest telecommunications provider offering multitude of services, including mobile phone services, fixed-line communication and data centers.
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MRV Pledges Its Support to Open Source Collaboration
MRV Communications™ Inc. (MRV) — a publicly-held, global provider of innovative network solutions for data center operators and service providers based in Chatsworth, California — joined the Open Invention Network (OIN) ecosystem.

MRV, which was acquired by ADVA Optical Networking in Munich, Germany in 2017, has leveraged Linux as its core operating system to power its solutions since 1999 and is a steadfast proponent of OIN.
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Vodafone Joins the Open Invention Network Ecosystem
“Many of the services and apps our customers depend on every day have been developed using open source software and we look forward to helping safeguard its future,” said Luke Ibbetson, Head of Vodafone Group’s Research and Development.

A British multinational, publicly-held telecommunications conglomerate, with headquarters in London and Newbury, Berkshire, Vodafone operates services in Asia, Africa, Europe and Oceania. It is the ninth-largest, global telephone company based on its total revenue of $64.5 billion dollars in U.S. currency, providing a range of services to include voice, messaging, data and fixed communications with mobile operations in 25 countries, partners with mobile networks in 44 countries and fixed-broadband operations in 18 markets.
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Verizon Jumps Deeper into Open Source
“Verizon signing with OIN is important because it demonstrates the communications industry’s largest commitment to patent non-aggression for the key Linux and open-source building blocks that are provisioned across their networks," said Keith Bergelt, OIN’s CEO. 

Verizon Communications Inc. —an American multinational telecommunications conglomerate and corporate component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average headquartered in New York City — is the fifth-largest multi-channel video service provider in the U.S. with nearly five billion subscribers.
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OIN Extends Linux Ecosystem
Canadian-based Guest-tek Interactive Ltd. —a global, ISO-certified leader in broadband technology, interactive solutions and event conference services for over 20 years in the hospitality industry —became a member of Open Invention Network. The growing list of companies joining OIN, demonstrates their increased focus on innovation and support to further spur the open source software, patent non-aggression revolution.
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  • What the industry is saying…

    We look forward to participating in the Open Invention Network. Many of the services and apps that our customers depend on every day have been developed using open source software and we look forward to helping safeguard its future.
    Luke IbbetsonVodaphone

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