Is the European Commission picking winners in the broadband delivery stakes? +
ADTRAN’s Ronan Kelly looks at the European Commission’s objectives for a new telecoms framework, to be met by 2025. Mr Kelly, who is also president of the FTTH Council Europe, discusses what this framework covers and how it might affect UK households.
Political leaders have a fine line to tread when it comes to declaring their policy ambitions for future broadband rollout. Businesses and individuals expect to hear about faster speeds, and more widespread availability. The service providers who will deliver it need to champion realistic expectations, preferably under a regulatory regime that offers complete certainty.
You can’t blame the European Commission for trying to set the bar high. In its latest European commission broadbanddraft proposal published in September, EC President Jean-Claude Juncker has set out a more nuanced set of aspirations than we’ve seen before. Geared to the year 2025, the new strategy supersedes earlier targets for 2020, and should begin its passage through the European Parliament imminently. All being well, it could be adopted by early 2018. 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
Taking Telecoms from Pipelines to Platforms +
There is a huge trend underway in technology: The move from pipelines to platforms. Platforms have displaced pipelines to take the business world by storm – whether it’s a video platform such as YouTube or a housing platform such as Airbnb. The same trend is taking hold in the telecom world, where service providers need to respond by building open platforms for the telco cloud.
Let’s start defining pipelines vs. platforms. The concept has been described by authors Marshall W. Van Alstyne, Geoffrey G. Parker, and Sangeet Paul Choudary in the book, Platform Revolution, as well as in an article published in the Harvard Business Review (HBR) last year, titled, “Pipelines, Platforms, and the New Rules of Strategy.” A pipeline, according to the authors, creates value by controlling linear activities in a value chain. Think of the way you buy a cable service, then get a cable box, then buy movies from the cable company. Platforms, on the other hand, connect producers and consumers with a higher value exchange. An example is the Apple App Store.
The most successful services today, whether it’s the iPhone, Netflix, or Airbnb, are platform models that have created rich ecosystems that deliver a huge amount of value toconsumers. The platform gives the consumer a tool to get access to what they want whenever they want it.
Defining Software-defined Access +
There is a lot of talk about software-defined networks (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV). But so far, the discussion has largely left out the access networks — mobile, broadband, and voice connections to the customer — which are crucial to building a full SDN and NFV platform. What exactly is required to build software-defined access (SD-Access)?
What good are SDN and NVF if they are incompatible with the technology that connects to the customer? Billions of customers worldwide require a connection to the first hop in the network, known as the last mile, which means that somewhere there is a piece of technology that must connect to the network from the customer premises, a device known as customer premises equipment (CPE).
To rapidly roll out new NFV services that can be controlled on an end-to-end basis, service providers need an open SD-Access platform that integrates with NFV. This platform needs to be open, flexible, and programmable, enabling configuration of the underlying access hardware to be made via software.
CORD – Key to the Telco Cloud +
Nothing has the potential to shake up the telecommunications access world more than the Central Office Re-architected as a Data Center (CORD) initiative, which was launched last year by ON.Lab and is now part of the Linux Foundation’s many open-source initiatives to open up communications networks.
For decades, the access portion of telecommunications networks – as well as many other parts of the network – have been the domain of highly specialized and proprietary technology. The access network is crucial because it’s where important wide area network (WAN) services such as broadband and mobile get extended out to the customer. In the last decade, this has generally meant a mixture of passive optical networking (PON) and digital subscriber line (DSL) services. Now CORD can change the way these services are deployed.
In the CORD vision, all central offices could be standardized around a generic hardware infrastructure defining racks of servers and switches. These generic hardware modules will be controlled by software that can be programmed and run using a standard, Linux-based operating system. This is a radical shift from the past when access equipment was housed in proprietary racks of either optical line terminals (OLTs) or Digital Subscriber Line Access Multiplexer (DSLAMs). The CORD model will transform this, creating standardized generic hardware platforms.
3/31/17 - ADTRAN and AT&T Team Up to Host ITU-T Q4/15 with a Focus to Accelerate G.fast Features and Capabilities +
ADTRAN and AT&T Team Up to Host ITU-T Q4/15 with a Focus to Accelerate G.fast Features and Capabilities Industry leaders pave the way for further Gigabit services expansion HUNTSVILLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)Ala.--(April 3, 2017)—ADTRAN®, Inc., (NASDAQ:ADTN), a leading provider of next-generation open networking solutions, today announced it will co-host the International Telecommunications Union’s Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T) Q4/15 Group Meeting this week with AT&T at ADTRAN’s headquarters in Huntsville, Ala., April 3-7, 2017. As a leader in broadband access technology, this is the latest venue where the company is lending its domain expertise to the industry. ADTRAN continues to be an integral member of the ITU-T and contributor to its work in shaping and driving telecom standards. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the ITU-T Q4/15 Group’s dedication to developing international standards for information and communication technologies. As ITU-T’s only study group focusing on copper access technology, it aims to cover the important standardizations on DSL technologies, such as G.fast and VDSL2. Attendees at this week’s meeting, including AT&T, British Telecommunications and Deutsche Telekom, will look to accelerate new G.fast features that achieve more symmetric service rates, higher service rates and adaption for delay critical applications. “Advances in broadband technologies have…Read More
03/14/17 - 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
03/01/17 - ADTRAN Mobilizes Software Defined Access +
ADTRAN Mobilizes Software Defined Access Open and agile “x”haul solutions to drive availability, flexibility and choice in 5G services BARCELONA/Mobile World Congress -- (March 1, 2017)—ADTRAN®, Inc., (NASDAQ:ADTN), a leading provider of next-generation open networking solutions, today announced its ongoing commitment to ensuring that access networks are open, programmable and affordable as carriers look to lay the foundations for 5G. 5G promises network connectivity 10 to 100 times faster than 4G networks, with latency of less than 1msec, making real-time applications such as mixed reality and autonomous vehicles enabled by this 5th generation of mobile networks. To fully leverage the potential of 5G, several industry shifts must occur. First, service providers will need to deploy of a large number of radios closer to the edge of the network to provide the performance levels necessary to seamlessly deliver bandwidth-intensive applications like mobile video and virtual or augmented reality. Second, the industry must also align on the need for more transport-friendly Ethernet backhaul. Third, the industry must extend the SDN/NFV initiatives to the 5G mobile network core across the access network in the form of software defined access (SD-Access). SD-Access for 5G incorporates point-to-point (P2P) and point-to-multipoint (P2MP) next-generation PON and will take…Read More
01/11/17 - First Phase of Verizon’s NG-PON2 Interoperability Trials with ADTRAN Mosaic SD-Access Solution Completed +
First Phase of Verizon’s NG-PON2 Interoperability Trialswith ADTRAN Mosaic SD-Access Solution Completed LEARN MORE - NG-PON2 Trial completion yields positive results for precedent setting Day-1 NG-PON2 interoperability HUNTSVILLE, Ala.--(January 11, 2017)—ADTRAN®, Inc., (NASDAQ:ADTN), a leading provider of next-generation open networking solutions, participated in Verizon’s recent interoperability trial of NG-PON2 technology. The trial, which featured several different technology suppliers and was aligned with Verizon’s Open OMCI specification (defining the OLT-to-ONT interface and will be shared with the industry in the next few months), proved that multi-vendor solutions for both the optical line termination (OLT) on the service provider end and the optical network terminal (ONT) on the customer end can greatly expand the bandwidth delivered without impacting existing broadband subscribers on the same fiber line. This trial further showcases the improved service scalability and operational elasticity that NG-PON2 provides. This includes the highest level of bandwidth flexibility, maximizing SDN/NFV network automation and allowing for the rapid creation and delivery of customer services. The trial featured the ADTRAN Mosaic™ Software Defined (SD-Access) solution that is specifically designed to reduce the overall cost of operations when delivering converged 10G services through the highly-scalable ADTRAN SDX network elements and SDN orchestration from the ADTRAN Mosaic…Read More
08/23/16 - 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
08/10/16 - 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
08/10/16 - 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
07/27/16 - 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
07/22/16 - 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
06/08/16 - 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
06/06/16 - 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