Openreach partners Adtran for software-defined fibre access platform


Adtran has been chosen by Openreach to help develop its high-speed broadband network in the UK.

Openreach will use Adtran’s SDX Series of OLTs and Mosaic Cloud Platform to help it deliver its gigabit and multi-gigabit services to 20 million homes with its full fibre network.

“We’re already making our new ultrafast, ultra-reliable broadband network available to around 32,000 UK homes and businesses every week and we’re on track to reach our target of reaching four and a half million premises with full fibre by the end of March 2021,” said Peter Bell, network technologies director at Openreach.

“But we don’t want to stop there. Our new network will support the UK’s economy for decades to come and help it bounce back from the Covid-19 pandemic, so we’ll be accelerating our full fibre build throughout the year.”

“Adtran’s solutions will play a key role in helping us achieve that as we’re continually searching for innovative technologies that can help us build the network better, broader and faster for our customers.”


Leveraging Adtran’s high OLT port density per rack, the SDX platform will enable Openreach to economically scale its GPON and XGS-PON network.  

The platform’s disaggregated, flexible design creates the framework to support Openreach’s large number of customers by delivering the granularity of interconnect speeds required to meet the needs of all sized retail service providers.

In addition, due to the ability of supporting gigabit and multi-gigabit access links on the same OLT port, Openreach’s retail customers can deliver the right mix of enterprise, business and residential services based on their own demographics, industry type and residential interests.

“Adtran is thrilled to be part of Openreach’s plan to upgrade the UK’s broadband infrastructure and the selection is a proof point that Adtran’s open, disaggregated approach to service creation and delivery is a blueprint for the telecommunications industry,” said Dan Whalen, chief product officer at Adtran.

“Given the breadth of Openreach’s full fibre network, having the ability to deliver GPON and XGS-PON services from the same OLT port streamlines service delivery and reduces the complexity of network design.”

“We make it possible for any service provider, based anywhere in the country, to have the service options they require to fit their customer’s needs.”

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