Nokia Siemens Networks Joins The Linux Foundation

The Linux Foundation (LF), the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, today announced that Nokia Siemens Networks has become a member. Nokia Siemens Networks will work with the LF and its members to continue improving Carrier Grade Linux.

“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,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director of The Linux Foundation. “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.”

Nokia Siemens Networks, a world leading enabler of communications services, will be working with the LF specifically on Linux-based technologies for use in User Plane and Control Plane Network Elements, as well as embedded applications. This is expected to lead to further integration of mobile and carrier grade Linux specification with the Linux Standard Base (LSB) to deliver a standard that works for these expanding Linux markets.

"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,” said Stephan Scholz, chief technology officer of Nokia Siemens Networks. "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.”

About Nokia Siemens Networks
Nokia Siemens Networks is a leading global enabler of communications services. The company provides a complete, well-balanced product portfolio of mobile and fixed network infrastructure solutions and addresses the growing demand for services with 20,000 service professionals worldwide. The combined pro-forma net sales of €17.1 billion in fiscal year 2006 make Nokia Siemens Networks one of the largest telecommunications infrastructure companies. Nokia Siemens Networks has operations in some 150 countries and is headquartered in Espoo, Finland. It combines Nokia’s Networks Business Group and the carrier related businesses of Siemens Communications.

About the Linux Foundation
The Linux Foundation is a nonprofit consortium dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux. Founded in 2007, the Linux Foundation sponsors the work of Linux creator Linus Torvalds and is supported by leading Linux and open source companies and developers from around the world. The Linux Foundation promotes, protects and standardizes Linux by providing unified resources and services needed for open source to successfully compete with closed platforms. For more information, please visit