ADTRAN, Orange team for SDN fibre network project

Created April 28, 2020
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Network solutions provider ADTRAN and Orange have entered into a joint development project as part of the operator’s Access Renewal and Evolution Strategy (ARES) program. The partnership will focus on the application of SDN technology to fixed fibre access networks.

With a goal of building the best network to support Orange’s fibre access network expansion, the companies will focus on creating a roadmap for Orange’s possible introduction of a software-defined management architecture; ensuring network elements can integrate with third party management, control and/or orchestration platforms and with other network devices; and securing conformity to Orange’s current and future engineering rules for GPON and XGS-PON architecture.

The ultimate goal of the partnership is to investigate, test and propose solutions that enable Orange to improve performance, shorten time-to-market for new services while reducing energy consumption in the network, and ultimately reduce costs. This partnership will result in comprehensive architecture studies, technical requirements for the next generation of network nodes, cost models, prototype evaluations, field trials and preparation for potential field rollout within the Orange network.

“For Orange, the evolution of our Fixed Access Optical Network represents a challenge and opportunity as we look to extend the range and reach of our networks,” said Christian Gacon, Orange vice president, Wireline Networks & Infrastructure. “This work will ensure that Orange can maximise the fibre broadband opportunity, create new business models and deliver an enriched service experience for our customers. This development program underscores our commitment to being a leader in each segment of the network.”

Dr. Eduard Scheiterer, ADTRAN senior vice president of research and development. “ADTRAN shares Orange’s commitment to innovation, service quality and building networks the way they should be built. We are helping operators across the world, like Orange, create the open, scalable and flexible network foundations that will support growth for the next several decades.”

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by Peter Dykes

Peter Dykes is a independent telecoms and technology journalist who has over that last 30 years written for a wide range of B2B publications and companies. A former BT engineer, he specialises in networks and associated support systems. He is currently Editor of Optical Connections.