Ogero trials Nokia slicing to boost wholesale FTTH offer

Created June 10, 2019
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Lebanese state-run fixed network services provider Ogero is among the first operators globally to commercially trial Nokia’s Fixed Access Network Slicing (FANS) virtualisation system. The Nokia solution is designed to help solve the challenge of fixed infrastructure sharing and enable Ogero to create several discrete network slices over its existing FTTH network in a fully programmable way. Once deployed, Ogero will be able to provide customers with a virtual slice that looks, feels and operates just like a physical network. The FANS solution leverages Nokia’s software-defined access portfolio with its cloud-native software platform Altiplano and SDN programmable Lightspan FX OLTs.

Ogero provides all the telecom network infrastructure in Lebanon, covering more than 12,000 km of laid fibre optic cables reaching over one million subscribers. The trial demonstrates how Ogero can use slicing to maximise the usage of its fibre access infrastructure, and provide a virtual portion to mobile operators, Data Service Providers (DSPs) and Internet Service Providers (ISPs), obviating the need for them to build their own networks. According to Nokia, the solution ensures fair competition, and facilitates equal opportunities in the market. With Nokia’s FANS solution, Ogero can give a slice of its fixed access network to a Virtual Network Operator (VNO) along with full control and autonomy of the portion allocated to them. The VNOs will also be able to establish individual performance metrics for the network and services they deliver to customers

“As a pioneer in this field, Nokia was one of the only vendors capable of providing Ogero with a mature and secure software-defined access solution that could effectively meet our unique requirements and timelines. The successful trial demonstrated the power of their solution and its ability to create several virtual autonomous slices that we can offer to customers,” said Ogero Chairman and CEO Imad Kreidieh (pictured). “With Nokia’s solution, we’ll be able to better monetise our existing network investments and give customers a platform that allows them to develop new strategies and create service offerings that benefit their end-users”

Sandra Motley, President of Nokia’s Fixed Networks Business Group, added: “Virtual network slicing will become an important part of the fixed access industry going forward. Network slicing gives service providers the right capabilities to innovate while unlocking the full business potential of fibre-to-the-home markets. Software-defined access networks will play a key role in revolutionising conventional network infrastructure management models; helping to simplify operations and deliver better, lower cost services than previously possible.”

For more information, visit www.nokia.com



This article was written
by John Williamson

John Williamson is a freelance telecommunications, IT and military communications journalist. He has also written for national and international media, and been a telecoms advisor to the World Bank.