Measuring NFV Evolution: ETSI NFV Plugtests

Apr 19, 2021

Published on:
Monday, 19th April, 2021
Presented by:
Mr. Pierre Lynch, Lead Technologist, Keysight Technologies
Ms. Silvia Almagia, ETSI CTI Technical Expert

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Abstract/Presentation overview

While ETSI NFV is evolving with new features at a steady pace with the completion of Release 3 and the construction of Release 4, it is still necessary to test the evolved implementations in order to gauge the industry’s progress towards this new definition. With this in mind, ETSI held the NFV&MEC API Plugtests 2021 during the month of February 2021.

This was an unusual Plugtests event in the sense that no interoperability tests were executed, but rather the main goal was to allow participating organizations to self-asses the conformance of their API implementations with applicable NFV Specifications. This was achieved thanks to a test platform running the Robot Test Cases developed to automate NFV TST010 Conformance Test Specifications.

The event was held remotely and had over 30 participating organizations from many different locations. Approximately 3000 test cases were executed for multiple versions of the NFV-SOL specifications. 


Pierre Lynch

Lead Technologist, Keysight Technologies


Pierre Lynch is a Lead Technologist for Keysight Technologies. Pierre has been working in the mobile network testing industry since the beginning of his 20 year career.

He is responsible for representing Keysight at standards definition organizations (SDOs) and open source communities relating to virtualization and mobility, including ETSI NFV, ETSI MEC, 3GPP, OPNFV, ONAP, CNTT, OSM and the Small Cell Forum.

He has been with Ixia (now Keysight Technologies) since 2006. He is the current chair of the TST Working Group at ETSI NFV ISG.

Silvia Amalgia

Technical Expert, ETSI


Silvia is a Technical Expert in the ETSI Centre for Testing and Interoperability where she provides technical management and expertise for open source, interoperability testing and proofs of concept (PoC) to several groups working in network transformation. Among others, she is in charge of the Open Source MANO project (ETSI OSM), the NFV&MEC Plugtests Programme, and the NFV and ZSM PoC Frameworks.

Prior to this position, Silvia was Lead Member of the Technical Staff at Ulticom, where she was responsible for the design and development of software based carrier grade solutions enabling mobile services. Before that, she worked in the domain of Operations Support Systems (OSS) and Network Management for HP and Thales.

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