STL is to test its programmable FTTx (pFTTx) software solution with Netomnia for their live networks in the UK. STL says it is bringing software-defined networking to large-scale fibre to the home, cell sites and business networks through pFTTx. The company recently announced general availability for pFTTx, a software-defined, open, disaggregated PON solution that is intended to make fibre networks intelligent and agile. pFTTx offers core benefits like scalability, enhanced and detailed Telemetry reports, open community alignment (ONF/BBF/ITU-T), onboarding of third-party Quality of Experience applications, providing a better customer experience along with faster time-to-market and reduced total cost of ownership. The Kubernetes microservices-based software stack, being cloud-native, can run on any Cloud-native Computing Foundation (CNCF)-based telco edge cloud platform. The solution currently supports both XGS-PON and GPON technologies and is upgradeable to 25G. Also, STL’s pFTTx solution is certified and listed on the VMware Marketplace.
The UK is rolling out advanced full-fibre broadband and new-age players such as Netomnia are taking this intent forward. STL and Netomnia have recently partnered for optical fibre deployment and are now collaborating to incorporate programmability into large-scale FTTx networks. STL says that once concluded, this trial will pave the way for the adoption of advanced software-defined architectures for FTTx in the UK.
Commenting on the collaboration, Jeremy Chelot, CEO, Netomnia, said, “The promise of full-fibre broadband will be realised when service providers implement advanced architectures that software-ise the fibre networks. We are excited about the possibilities that STL’s pFTTx solution presents. This trial with STL will be significant as we will jointly demonstrate pFTTx in a live scenario.”
Commenting on the announcement, Chris Rice, CEO, Access Solutions, STL, said, “pFTTx is a cloud-based access network solution that elevates the network service providers’ business model. We are excited to collaborate with Netomnia for their Ultrafast full-fibre broadband program. Our solution is intended to help them achieve accelerated network rollout with faster deployment, provisioning and enhanced network performance.”
STL successfully completed a proof-of-concept for its programmable FTTx (pFTTx) software solutions with Chunghwa Telecom’s open broadband access network in July 2021.
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