Huawei exec named chair at Open Networking Foundation

In a boost to his company’s reputation, Dr Serge Manning is named the chair of the wireless and mobile working group for the ONF.

The Open Networking Foundation (ONF) this week announced the appointment of one of Huawei’s executives as the new chair of its wireless and mobile working group.

Serge Manning is the senior manager of corporate standards for the Chinese telecoms firm, working as part of its US operations.

Now, alongside that role, he will head up a working group for the non-profit ONF, which has a mission to accelerate the adoption of software defined networking (SDN) and champion open-source technologies to do it.

“Serge brings decades of telecommunications experience to his position as chair of our wireless and mobile working group,” said Dan Pitt, executive director of the ONF. “His expertise and the work of this new group will be important as we more deeply engage with wireless and mobile operators around the globe."

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Manning’s group will focus on collecting case studies and finding out what is needed to extend the OpenFlow open-source SDN protocol to wireless and mobile domains. He will also continue to work on the three projects already established by the group around the mobile packet core, wireless backhaul and integrated fixed and wireless operations in enterprises.

“With the exponential growth of mobile data, there is an inherent need to simultaneously operate over multiple wireless technologies,” said Pitt. “By studying the open SDN requirements of wireless and mobile networks, OpenFlow and related ONF endeavours can be enhanced to bring even greater benefit to this space."

Manning is already an active participant in the ONF, contributing to the Market Education Committee (MEC) and the co-author of the ONF solution brief “OpenFlow enabled mobile and wireless networks".

“I look forward to working closely with other technical working groups within ONF to expand carrier and operator knowledge of the benefits of SDN for their networks,” he said.

“Standards such as OpenFlow are highly applicable to wireless and mobile networks, even though there has not been a wide exploration of the specific needs and requirements of these networks to date. That is why we were created.”

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