Agile Service Development and Orchestration in 5G Virtualized Networks

Started at: 01-07-2015
Ends on: 31-12-2017

Budget: 6,657,721.38 €

Areas: 5G/IoT - Software Networks


SONATA targets both the flexible programmability of software networks and the optimization of their deployments.

The project will support network function chaining and orchestration, make service platforms modular and easier to customize to the needs of different service providers, and introduce a specialized DevOps model for supporting developers.

The project results will be release through its 30 month workplan. SONATA first prototype was delivered at the end of the first year of the project, in June 2016. A qualified version will be delivered early in 2017. The final release of the SONATA platform will be public in the summer of 2017.

The project is committed to maintain a publicly available source code repository through the entire development process. SONATA outcomes are published in a public GitHub repository under Apache v2.0 license, a permissive license that guarantees full rights for adoption, modification and distribution.

Estimated Impact

Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) are emerging as major transformational technologies towards “software networks”, a new paradigm that is evolving the telecom sector with new network capabilities and business opportunities. SONATA addresses the significant challenges associated with both the development and deployment of the complex services envisioned for 5G networks and empowered by these technologies. Core objectives include:

Reduce time-to-market of networked services
SONATA streamlines development with abstract programming models, SDK and a DevOps model that integrates operators, manufacturers and third-party developers.

Optimize resources and reduce costs of service deployment and operation
SONATA orchestrates complex services to connectivity, computing and storage resources, and automatically re-configures running services.

Accelerate industry adoption of software networks
SONATA supports the full service lifecycle: development, testing, orchestration, deployment, management and operations, and will define a roadmap for uptake of its results towards stakeholders’ larger transition to SDN/NFV.



This project has received funding from the European Union’s Framework Programme Horizon 2020 for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement Nº 671517.