I recently joined a SCTE webinar my colleague, Joerick Santiago, who was presenting on the different methods for mitigating and eliminating Optical Beat Interference (OBI) from your RFoG network. As the number of subscriber being added to FTTH networks utilizing RFoG continue to rise, the risk for a poor customer experience rises with it due to the increase in upstream traffic, often times simultaneously, from multiple subscribers. Ultimately, this traffic occurring at the same time can lead to disruptions in service, which leads to customer service calls and costly troubleshooting. In a worst case scenario, it can lead to loss of subscribers if the problem is not resolved.
It was interesting to me that regardless of your deployment model, pure RFoG or a hybrid RFoG/EPON, OBI is still a threat to your subscriber’s experience. Joerick went on to explain the different solutions available today for OBI mitigation – wavelength randomization, active splitter, selectable upstream - bringing to light the pros and cons associated with each.
The Open SD-Access Network: Why Now? +
As a number of factors converge to herald a new software defined shift, and with SD access becoming mainstream, software defined networks (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV) are increasingly working their way into the wider communications discussion.
But what does it mean for service providers? Why is now the right time to embrace it?
While the terms SDN and NFV are bandied around, the lack of industry education around them poses a potential barrier when trying to link the potential of this new technology and the way we do business more widely.
What this means for how we do business
As the world becomes increasingly digital, it’s impossible to ignore how SD access might influence a large-scale shift to a much more inclusive, flexible and fair way of doing business. Read More
Hope You Like the Color of Your Next Gigabit Broadband Gateway +
New broadband technologies are constantly evolving and that’s a good thing. As consumers, we need innovation providing us both cost reduction and capability expansion to keep up with our demand for more bandwidth and support emerging residential and business services. Over the last few decades we have seen first generation wireless networks and cell phones go from supporting only voice to smart phones and 4G networks supporting voice, data and streaming video--amazing stuff that drives us to line up at the store every year for an iPhone or Android with better battery life, bigger screens, and more memory to support new applications. Read More
Speed, Speed, Speed. Is Service Innovation the Focus on the Road Ahead? +
Faster and faster broadband speeds have been a staple of industry talk for as long as I can remember. It’s defined the copper debate for years, and provided pretty much the entire context for FTTP demand. We can thank that energy for delivering Gigabit access to our communities. Read More
Why Europe is Coming Round to BT’s Broadband Thinking +
BT has been in the UK headlines quite a lot these past few weeks. News of a rare service interruption aside, BT’s recent press cuttings file is par for the course. A little background chatter about potential regulatory tightening here; some more calls to accelerate faster and cheaper broadband services there… Whatever they do for the UK’s broadband infrastructure never seems to be enough, and there’s a big problem with that narrative. It just isn’t true.
I’m not saying the media is manufacturing negative perceptions. Maybe it’s just the price you pay for having customers with high expectations and a reputation as one of the most respected telecom operators in the world. Read More
Applying Data Center Principles to Next-Gen Broadband Architectures +
Influenced by the network and services scale and agility that data center networks have achieved over the past decade, telecommunications networks are now applying those same architectural principles to transform the way in which broadband networks are being built going forward. The resultant next generation network drastically streamlines service and application innovation to enable new revenue streams offsetting the increased competition from (Over-the-Top) OTT providers and the cost of maintaining annual double-digit LTE, enterprise and broadband traffic growth. Read More
Innovation That Matters: XGS-PON is Here! +
Last week the ITU working group developing the XGS-PON standard (ITU-T Q2/15) approved the document to be forwarded for consent. What exactly does that mean? The XGS-PON standardization effort that kicked off last summer has moved to the next step toward standardization with final comments being solicited. Once all comments have been resolved, XGS-PON will be an official new broadband standard.
The effort lead by ADTRAN, Alcatel-Lucent, BT, China Telecom, Huawei, and Orange will see next generation 10Gbps broadband technologies double the useable life span of a fiber network regardless of how fast the market's broadband traffic usage grows. Read More
ADTRAN RFoG Beats OBI without Cabinets +
Optical Beat Interference mitigation provides MSOs ability to scale fiber broadband without boxing them in with the need for centralized cabinet expense BERLIN--(May 30, 2017)—ADTRAN®, Inc., (NASDAQ:ADTN), a leading provider of next-generation open networking solutions, today announced its Radio Frequency over Glass (RFoG) solution with Optical Beat Interference (OBI) mitigation technology. This RFoG solution accelerates an MSO’s FTTH initiatives by supporting the reuse of existing CATV assets within both the headend and home. This greatly extends the return on investment cycle while smoothing the transition from hybrid fiber coax and CATV-based triple play to Gigabit FTTH and IPTV-ready deployment models. As RFoG deployments increase in density, the likelihood of OBI occurring greatly increases. OBI is caused by simultaneous upstream optical transmissions by multiple cable modems leading to impaired reception at all upstream frequencies impacting key applications like voice, live video and social media. “The need to support reliable voice and ultra-fast broadband is key to securing lucrative triple play revenues for MSOs in a changing competitive landscape,” said Erik Keith, principal analyst, GlobalData. “As MSOs look to build out their fiber infrastructure to support rich video content, ADTRAN RFoG OBI solutions allow them to deliver the requisite customer experience while…Read More
ADTRAN Surpasses its 10 Millionth Vectoring Port Shipment +
ADTRAN Surpasses its 10 Millionth Vectoring Port Shipment ADTRAN’s domain expertise and industry leadership in vectoring solutions enables network operators to ramp 100Mbps service offerings to meet market demands HUNTSVILLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar. 14, 2017-- ADTRAN®, Inc., (NASDAQ:ADTN), a leading provider of next-generation open networking solutions, announced that it has shipped its 10 millionth vectoring port as network operators in the U.S. and Europe look to maximize any and all paths to ultra broadband service delivery. Crossing this milestone demonstrates how ADTRAN’s industry-leading access portfolio is having an immediate and long-term impact as networks scale and users demand increased capacity at work, home and play. ADTRAN’s market leadership has grown over the past four quarters as the company shipped now more DSL and VDSL2 vectoring ports in North America than all other vendors combined. VDSL2 vectoring is key to network operators’ broadband strategy to deliver 100Mbps services using their existing DSL infrastructure that may only provide 10Mbps service today. Ideal for urban deployments and multi-dwelling units, vectoring presents a scalable, highly leverageable approach to delivering ten times the DSL capacity, creating a truly immersive consumer experience that millennials and other tech-savvy consumers crave. “To meet our customers’ broadband needs, we continue to…Read More
ADTRAN Brings Mosaic Architecture to Life with Cloud Platform +
Only broadband architecture to accelerate transition to SD-Access HUNTSVILLE, Ala.--(August 23, 2016)—ADTRAN®, Inc., (NASDAQ:ADTN), a leading provider of next-generation open networking solutions, today announced its Mosaic Cloud Platform™ to provide control and orchestration capabilities for ADTRAN’s Mosaic Software Defined Access (SD-Access) architecture. The Mosaic Cloud Platform combines modular apps that have been in a microservices software architecture with open source control and orchestration platforms to create the industry’s first and only solution to deliver open, SDN-based programmability of broadband access networks while maintaining the feature set and functionality of traditional management solutions. “Open source software drives quick industry consensus for what is needed in control and orchestration platforms, including flexibility across multi-technology and multi-vendor network environments,” stated Michael Howard, senior research director and advisor, carrier networks, IHS Markit Technology. “Platforms such as the ADTRAN Mosaic Cloud Platform are essential to carriers as they transition to more automation and service agility in order to engage customers via self-service portals. This transition will enable subscribers to easily customize broadband services based on their own unique requirements. SD-Access networks will not only support the self-directed subscriber, but make it easier for the service provider to manage broadband traffic loads across the network while…Read More
ADTRAN’s Total Access 5000 Races Past Major Market Momentum Milestone and Paves the Way for 100G +
ADTRAN’s Total Access 5000 Races Past Major Market Momentum Milestone and Paves the Way for 100G HUNTSVILLE, Ala.--(August 10, 2016)—ADTRAN®, Inc., (NASDAQ:ADTN), a leading provider of next-generation open networking solutions, today announced that it has shipped the 50,000th Total Access 5000 (TA5000), making it the most widely deployed multi-service access node (MSAN) in North America. The TA5000 features the broadest range of multi-service capabilities in the market today, including Gigabit delivery over fiber, high-speed Internet over copper, mobile backhaul and advanced Carrier Ethernet services. It is used by over 50 percent of the top 100 U.S. network operators, including the seven largest providers that together represent over 90 percent of total telco-delivered broadband lines in the country. “As a key element in our Ethernet services network, the TA5000 has proven that it is able to withstand the increasing bandwidth demands of our customers. The scalability and flexibility of the multi-services access platform across our copper and fiber-based access methods ensures that our initial network investment can continue to grow with our customer service offerings,” said Eric Proulx, vice president of network planning & engineering at FairPoint Communications, Inc. “In an industry where the next best thing in Ethernet service delivery across…Read More
ADTRAN Optics Reset the Economics of FTTH Service Delivery +
Nx10G tunable optics network can save providers up to 80 percent of the capital and operational costs as they look to scale NG-PON2 deployments HUNTSVILLE, Ala.--(August 10, 2016)—ADTRAN®, Inc., (NASDAQ:ADTN), a leading provider of next-generation open networking solutions, today announced its first Subscriber Edge Tunable (SET) optical transceivers, the latest innovation from ADTRAN Labs. ADTRAN’s entry into this new category of tunable optics addresses several key technology and innovation gaps that have hindered market development for multi-wavelength access networks. SET optics will be a key enabling technology for ADTRAN’s NG-PON2 solution, facilitating the delivery of highly elastic fiber services right to the customer premises equipment (CPE). Developed by ADTRAN Labs, this most recent innovation will enable access providers to cost-effectively and efficiently leverage Nx10G NG-PON2 to deliver even higher speed FTTH services to homes and business. SET optics provide an essential building block for the wavelength agile access network of the future, providing the dynamic network capabilities needed to underpin the provider’s creation and deployment of user-driven service delivery models. By providing fast wavelength switching times and access-friendly cost points, SET optics will remove the operational and economic sensitivities that have previously limited tunable optics to transport applications. When paired…Read More
ADTRAN Unveils Mosaic - Industry’s First Open Software Defined Access Services Architecture +
Mosaic spans cloud edge to subscriber edge to accelerate self-directed service delivery HUNTSVILLE, Ala.--(July 27, 2016)— ADTRAN®, Inc., (NASDAQ:ADTN)), a leading provider of next-generation open networking solutions, today announced the release of the market’s only open Software Defined Access (SD-Access) architecture capable of supporting rapid service creation and the delivery of business and residential broadband services at Web scale. The new SD-Access architecture, ADTRAN MosaicTM, combines modern Web scale technology with open source platforms to facilitate rapid innovation in multi-technology, multi-vendor environments. This architecture serves as the foundation for all of ADTRAN’s next generation platforms, including its NG-PON2 and G.fast solutions currently being trialed by leading Tier 1 carriers around the world. Mosaic is designed to expedite service providers’ transition to open, programmable and scalable networks. The key components of Mosaic include: Mosaic Cloud Platform™ – combines modular apps that have been developed in a microservices software architecture with open source control and orchestration platforms to create open, SDN-based network programmability; Mosaic OS™ – modular OS that has been optimized for SDN-programmability, virtualization, high availability and multi-vendor app integration; and Programmable Network Elements – multi-vendor networking solutions that integrate natively with open, SDN-controlled access networks. In order to reduce operating expenses and improve…Read More
Verizon Begins 40G Fiber Broadband Trialof ADTRAN’s SDN-Optimized NG-PON2 Solution LEARN MORE - NG-PON2 Highly innovative open, programmable and scalable converged services architecture aligns with key operator imperatives HUNTSVILLE,Ala.--(July 27, 2016)—ADTRAN®, Inc., (NASDAQ:ADTN), a leading provider of next-generation open networking solutions, today announced that Verizon has selected its SDN-optimized NG-PON2 solution for upcoming lab trials. The goal is to create a cost-effective Fiber-to-the-Home solution that meets business and residential needs today and is capable of scaling to 40G and beyond to meet market need. Initial testing will be conducted at Verizon’s Innovation Lab in Waltham, Massachusetts, and will focus on several features of NG-PON2, including the implementation of tunable multiple wavelength 40 Gigabit per second capability to support a mix of services on a common converged platform. This capability enables carriers to efficiently address the increase in demand for critical service segments including residential Gigabit broadband, big data, IoT and premium cloud and enterprise services growth and expansion. With Verizon taking the lead, and support from ADTRAN, the companies will collaborate on groundbreaking interoperability work that will contribute to Verizon's ONT Management and Control Interface (OMCI) that will allow NG-PON2 OLTs to interoperate with multiple vendor ONTs. The flexibility provided with…Read More
Bezeq Trials ADTRAN G.fast Solutions to Deliver Ultra-fast and Gigabit Broadband Services in Israel +
SDN based, chipset agnostic ADTRAN G.fast solutions reveal compelling business model for Fiber-to-the-Cabinet deployments Huntsville, Ala – (July 22, 2016) -- ADTRAN®, Inc., (NASDAQ: ADTN), a leading provider of open networking solutions, has been undertaking field trials of its range of G.fast FTTx solutions for incumbent operator Bezeq in one of Israel’s largest cities. The trial involves a variety of copper loop lengths and Internet speeds delivered on ADTRAN’s unique architecture, which offers flexibility with chipset vendor selection and port densities. This will enable Bezeq to best plan how it will exploit its widespread existing infrastructure to deliver a new generation of ultrafast and Gigabit broadband services with the fastest possible time to market. The ADTRAN 500G series of G.fast solutions is exceeding expectations in advanced trials with more than 60 operators worldwide, delivering superior reach and speed within a pioneering, fully-sealed footprint for Fiber-to-the-distribution point (FTTdp) and FTTCab deployments. Bezeq is currently trialling the 8-port and16-port ADTRAN distribution point units (DPUs), which are both physical layer and chipset agnostic, ensuring rapid service provisioning and activation. “Bezeq is committed to delivering infrastructure for a Gigabit society, and it’s clear how G.fast will play a vital role in accomplishing this for many areas…Read More
ADTRAN Sets the vCPE Bar in Software-Defined Access During Groundbreaking NIA Interoperability Test +
Industry’s leading NFV Interoperability Test results confirm ADTRAN’s integral role in moving NFV from hype to reality HUNTSVILLE, Ala.--(June 8, 2016)—ADTRAN®, Inc., (NASDAQ:ADTN), a leading provider of next-generation open networking solutions, announced that it has successfully demonstrated the industry’s first open and multi-vendor virtual Customer Premise Equipment (vCPE) during the New IP Agency’s (NIA) Interoperability Showcase, and again as part of the interoperability event at Light Reading’s Big Communications Event. As the market moves toward adopting the new, flexible and open software-defined access framework for networking, demonstrating the ability to move beyond theoretical with a fully functional vCPE solution is a leap forward for the industry, our customers and ADTRAN. EANTC provided the carrier class test bed for the NIA’s Interoperability Showcase and was designed to address Service Function Chaining. 12 vendors participated in the event and together achieved six multi-vendor combinations of orchestrated service function chains (SFCs) on a range of NFV infrastructure (NFVI) solutions. During the testing, vendors that were able to participate successfully interoperated to create advanced vCPE combinations with virtualized firewalls, deep packet inspection filters and other add-on VNFs. Specific details can be found in EANTC’s report on the NIA Website. “The test plan took into…Read More
ADTRAN and Liberty Business Spark Economic Development with Gigabit Broadband +
High-speed broadband service brings crucial connectivity and economic advantages to rural island schools and SMBs HUNTSVILLE, Ala.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun. 6, 2016-- ADTRAN®, Inc., (NASDAQ: ADTN), a leading provider of next-generation open networking solutions, today announced that Liberty Business, Liberty Puerto Rico’s business division, has joined the Enabling Communities, Connecting Lives program. The division is utilizing ADTRAN’s Gigabit services architecture to deliver Gigabit broadband speeds to schools and small-to-medium businesses (SMBs) in rural locations of the island. By upgrading its fiber infrastructure to support Gigabit broadband, Liberty Business is offering enterprise customers in western and southern Puerto Rico high-speed connectivity to support the influx of high-bandwidth applications and services businesses need to compete in today’s global economy. Liberty Business is also providing the necessary infrastructure to connect previously underserved schools and enhance the educational resources available to facilitate a flexible learning environment. “Many service providers don’t focus on providing connectivity to the more rural parts of Puerto Rico, which creates significant disadvantages for businesses and schools looking to operate and serve the community outside the island’s major metropolitan cities,” said Antonio Llona, vice president of Liberty Business. “ADTRAN has enabled us to provide a seamless connectivity experience across the entire island that…Read More
OnlineNW Graduates to 10Gig with ADTRAN to Reimagine Education +
Service provider turns up first West Coast 10Gig community to support agile learning environment for next generation of thinkers, creators and developers HUNTSVILLE, Ala.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 26, 2016-- ADTRAN®, Inc., (NASDAQ:ADTN), a leading provider of next-generation open networking solutions, today announced OnlineNW has turned up 10 Gigabit (10GB) broadband service for Dayton, Ore. – making it the first 10GB city on the West Coast. The community is using this ultra-fast broadband capability to build an innovation ecosystem across schools, non-profit organizations, local businesses and government entities. Together, this ecosystem is focusing on educating Dayton’s future entrepreneurs and lays the foundation for tomorrow’s economic development. Like many rural towns across America, Dayton struggled to keep or attract the young professionals who are essential for providing the next-generation of innovation needed for the area’s growing agricultural technology (AgTech) industry. To address this challenge, OnlineNW teamed up with Innovate Oregon and the Dayton school district to create Innovate Dayton – a program focused on fostering change and reimagining how local teachers educate and local students learn via creative problem solving and critical thinking. The result has been the development of an agile learning environment supplemented by real-world experience and community engagement opportunities for Dayton students from…Read More