Windstream taps VIAVI for network visibility

Created November 14, 2023
News and Business

Windstream Wholesale, an optical technology leader delivering fast and flexible advanced solutions, and VIAVI Solutions have announced the integration of VIAVI’s Remote Fibre Test System (RFTS) into Windstream’s Intelligent Converged Optical Network (ICON). This tool further advances network intelligence functionality for dark fibre and wavelength monitoring. The tool will be available to customers in Q1 2024.

VIAVI RFTS includes FTH-9000 adaptive fibre test heads and ONMSi software. This centralized system combines strategically placed test heads in key network locations to constantly sweep the fibre with an OTDR test signal to identify and locate fibre faults and degradations. Incorporating this solution directly into Windstream’s Dark Fibre and ICON network enables early detection of fibre breaks, elimination of reactive truck rolls, faster time to repair, and increased transparency of and visibility into a customer’s network health and performance. Windstream Wholesale will integrate VIAVI outage and GIS data from the ONMSi platform into Windstream Wholesale’s operational and portal software applications.

It offers early detection of fibre breaks for dark fibre and wavelengths; faster time to repair via the automation of fibre outage identification reduces coordination times needed with manual OTDR testing processes, along with GPS fault location; expanded visibility for dark fibre customers in the iconnect Portal; and for dark fibre customers, real-time outage location on a map.

“VIAVI is proud to be a long-term partner to Windstream Wholesale, whose deployment and maintenance teams have relied on our test and assurance solutions to deliver high-quality fibre networks to their customers,” said Luiz Cesar Oliveira, vice president, Americas, VIAVI. “Service providers are increasing efficiency through enhanced visibility and intelligence as well as simplified troubleshooting processes. VIAVI RFTS is delivering capabilities trusted by carriers globally to the Windstream ICON network.”

“With fibre networks serving as the foundational architecture of our modern world, our society is put on hold when fibre cables break. We are pleased with the partnership that we have with VIAVI and how it enables us to integrate a proactive functionality of OTDR technology into our network— significantly reducing any network impact on our customers,” said Joe Scattareggia, Windstream Wholesale chief revenue officer. “We’re able to detect and respond to outages early and in real-time, communicate to our customers concurrently, and repair those outages faster than anyone else.”

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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.