Italian telco and integrator TIM is taking the next step in its access network evolution by inking a memorandum of understanding with ADTRAN to evaluate the vendor's SD-Access solution.
It's all part of the strategy TIM -- formerly Telecom Italia -- developed to deploy ultra-broadband to most residential customers across the country, part of a competitive move and a mandate of the European Commission's Gigabit Society initiative. By year-end, TIM will serve about 85% of Italy's households with fiber; by the end of 2018, it should reach 95% of households, ultimately serving 99% of residential customers by late 2019, the company predicts.
Like many of its peers around the globe, TIM wants to implement network automation in its access network and plans a combination of software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) technologies and platforms as the foundation for achieving this goal. (See SD-Access: The Foundation for Transformation.)
"TIM is actively working on the evolution of the access network towards an open, easily upgradeable and programmable asset with greater operational efficiency, lower [total cost of ownership] TCO and improved service automation," said Andrea Calvi, head of network innovation at TIM, in a statement.
Under the MOU, TIM will analyze ADTRAN Mosaic and SDN architectures' flexibility within its existing ultra-broadband fiber access network. The provider offers 1 Gbps ultra-broadband fiber-to-the-home (FTTH), as well as fiber-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) for multi-dwelling units (MDUs) at speeds of up to 300 Mbps.
The ADTRAN Mosaic Cloud Platform is designed to simplify and accelerate operators' ability to install, commission and choose services, then confirm provisioned offerings. During the TIM lab tests, ADTRAN expects to demonstrate to TIM benefits such as more rapid response to customers' evolving demands; flexible and agile services delivery; reduced IT complexity and network automation, according to the vendor. (See Pattern Emerges for ADTRAN's Mosaic.)
"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," said Ronan Kelly, CTO EMEA and APAC at ADTRAN. "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."
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