Testing end-to-end service configuration of Millimetre Wave network devices in a Software Defined network using NETCONF

Sophia Antipolis, 8 March 2023

ETSI has organized the fourth millimetre Wave Transmission (mWT) Software Defined Networking (SDN) Plugtests™ event from 20 to 24 February 2023. The event took place at the ETSI headquarters, in Sophia Antipolis, France.

Following three previous mWT Plugtests events focused on a Northbound Interface (NBI) using the RESTCONF protocol, this fourth event looked at the Southbound Interface (SBI) using the NETCONF protocol.

This event focused on proving the ability of a Software Defined Network (SDN) to operate from an end-to-end service point of view, by controlling a chain of Millimetre Wave network devices. In the process, the aim was to establish a common set of parameters required to enable interoperability and end-to-end service management.

Seven network equipment vendors participated, in addition to four network operator observers. A total of 397 tests were executed during the week-long event, with a success rate of 99.2% being observed.