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30 November 2017
| Natalie Bannerman
Adtran and Telecom Italia (TIM), have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) relating to Adtran’s SDN/NFV technologies and platforms.
Under the terms of the agreement
TIM will evaluate Adtran’s SD-Access solution,
called Mosaic, as part of its analysis of the advantages and
flexibility of SDN architectures in relation to its
ultra-broadband fibre access network.
Speaking on the announcement, Ronan Kelly, CTO of EMEA and
APAC at ADTRAN, said: "Operators in highly competitive
environments are challenged to extend Gigabit services due to
the time and cost that can be associated with traditional
optical access technologies. With SDN and NFV innovation,
operators like TIM can significantly accelerate Gigabit Society
goals by launching flexible Gigabit services that dramatically
reduce subscriber disruption and time-to-market."
Adtran’s Mosaic solution enables service
providers the opportunity to accelerate their path to SD-Access
architecture, allowing them to better compete with emerging OTT
providers operating at web-scale.
Creating what Adtran has described as a completely "open,
programmable and scalable" network.
Additionally, the Mosaic Cloud Platform allows service
providers to easily install, commission and select the desired
services and confirm the provisioned ones. The testing by TIM
will demonstrate the benefits of open platform access model
that enables operators to respond to ever increasing customer
demands. The integrated platform can also adapt to changing
infrastructure needs across various mediums, offering the
possibility for new business models via network automation and
reduced IT complexity.
"TIM is actively working on the evolution of the access
network towards an open, easily upgradeable and programmable
asset with greater operational efficiency, lower TCO and
improved service automation. These are the features we plan to
assess on ADTRAN’s solution as part of the ongoing
collaboration on our way to achieving the European
Commission’s Gigabit Society goals," added Andrea
Calvi, head of network innovation at TIM.
TIM recently revealed its plan to transition into a
"pure digital player and not a telecoms operator".
According its CEO Amos Genish, the company is to reveal a brand
new business plan in either February or March of 2018,
outlining its strategy from then to the year 2020.
In September, Adtran CEO Tom Stanton spoke to GTB
about its plans to migrate from a hardware-focussed business to
one that is software-centric.
In the full interview, Stanton says that Adtran is
"literally transforming the way in which telecoms operators do
business" but that "increasing speeds and lowering price
points" are the immediate tasks at hand for the