UK’s Call Flow deploys Adtran-powered 10 Gbps FTTH infrastructure

Created August 7, 2017
Applications and Research

Alternative operator becomes first in UK to drive multi-gigabit access strategy with emerging XGS-PON architecture.

Adtran, a developer of next-generation open networking solutions, has announced that Call Flow has chosen its XGS-PON solution to power the UK’s first generation of symmetric multi-Gigabit Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) services.

The rapidly-growing ultrafast broadband operator has already built out up to 100 Mbps FTTC-based services across Southern England and, to allow services to scale, has now selected Adtran’s next-generation 10Gbps FTTH solution.
This new architecture, which is compatible with Call Flow’s existing FTTH network, is expected to bring about a step-change in symmetric multi-gigabit access performance to differentiate it from other providers as it targets strategic expansion over the next 5 – 10 years, Adtran commented.

With rapidly-emerging application demands such as AR/VR, 4K media streaming and the cloudification of software applications, all driving increased demands for lower latency and higher data rates, service providers are urgently re-evaluating further investments in GPON as their standard of choice for new rollouts.

Adorn added that by supporting 10Gbps symmetric fixed wavelength PON over fibre optic infrastructures, XGS-PON provides a blend between performance and price, permitting Call Flow to address both residential and business subscribers simultaneously on a single, common optical distribution network.

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“Call Flow has a leading vision for multi-Gigabit broadband services to better enable their communities for the global marketplace and to improve individual customers’ lives. Its strategic choice of XGS-PON is foundational to its ambition to be a prominent FTTH player in the UK market,” said Ronan Kelly, CTO for EMEA & APAC at Adtran.

“This deployment adds to the global momentum building around 10 Gigabit PON as the primary access technology of choice for operators in developed broadband markets. Rapidly and cost-effectively satisfying subscriber demand and government targets, XGS-PON is the breakthrough the FTTH industry has been waiting for.”

“Adtran’s leadership in Gigabit broadband solutions made it the ideal choice to address the rising bandwidth demands we anticipate for the next 5–10 years and beyond,” said Andy Conibere, CEO at Call Flow.

“Its commitment to modern software-based, open architectures reinforced our view that it was the right partner for us. As Call Flow expands to answer more of the pent-up demand for Gigabit broadband services throughout the UK, XGS-PON will be essential to future-proofing our competitive advantage and delivering maximum value to our residential and business customers, as well as our investors.”

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by Matthew Peach

Matthew Peach is a freelance technology journalist specialising in photonics and communications. He has previously worked for several business-to-business publishers, editing a range of high-tech magazines and websites.