Adtran and TIM sign MoU for SD-Access solution

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 company. 

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