Nokia Siemens Networks is now member of the Linux Foundation. It seems that Nokia Siemens Neworks is interested in collaborating with the Linux Foundation, and the other member companies, in order to provide better support and to improve the Carrier Grade Linux.
Nokia Siemens Networks officials claimed that the membership with the Linux Foundation implies, apart from the financial support, also technical contribution to the Linux community. The communication services company said that it will continue using Linux for its
commercial products and that they are aware of the fact that Linux has represented a step forward towards many quite successful stories in the telecom world.
Stephan Scholz, chief technology officer with Nokia Siemens Networks, stated regarding the collaboration between the company he is with and the Linux Foundation:"Nokia Siemens Networks will play an active role as a Linux Foundation member by contributing both financial and technical resources to the Linux ecosystem to make sure it remains state of the art. In Linux, the most important things for us are certified carrier grade interfaces as well as the interoperability between various Linux distributions. We look forward to working with the Linux Foundation and continue to use Linux in our commercially available products."
In their turn, the Linux Foundation officials expressed their opinion through Jim Zemlin, executive director:"Linux has become a very natural fit for telecom network and device manufacturers who are looking for an operating system from which they can easily and cost-effectively build differentiated services and value.There is no question that the massive success of Linux in telecom is key in today's new stage of Linux growth. Nokia Siemens Networks will add another level of expertise as we transition into this stage of increasing open development, and we welcome their participation."
The two sides claim they will be working together especially in the development of the Linux-based technologies for use in the User Plane and Control Plane Network Elements and also of the embedded applications. This collaboration is also aimed to increase the integration level for the mobile and carrier grade Linux specification with the Linux Standard Base.