ADTRAN this week released a carrier-grade, SmartOS-enabled router that uses bonded super-vectoring technology to deliver high-speed broadband to multi-dwelling units without service or customer disruptions.
The SmartRG 652ac (SR652ac) gateway for residential or small-business subscribers taps into buildings' existing coax cables to deliver speeds of up to 700 Mbps, according to ADTRAN. In addition to accelerating deployment and reducing construction cost and mess, service providers cut opex by running super-vectoring in conjunction with other xDSL technologies in the access network. The router is the latest result of ADTRAN's 2018 acquisition of SmartRG. (See ADTRAN Buys Connected Home Dev SmartRG.)
Like noise-canceling headphones, vectoring cancels out crosstalk between VDSL2 lines. This improves the rate-reach performance of VDSL2. Bonding increases upload and download speeds.
Super-vectoring running via VDSL or Gfast on coax wiring also forges a revenue-generating migration path for FTTH deployment; the gateway is gigabit-capable and based on an open platform, said ADTRAN. Also, the SR652ac is silicon-independent and designed for transitioning to NFV and SDN architectures, so it does not need replacing if operators deploy all-fiber infrastructure, the vendor said.
"The design philosophy with SmartOS is to give service providers a single, open source-based, secure software framework so that providers gain consistency and commonality to reduce testing or qualification cycles and increase speed to market for new and innovative services," Jeff McInnis, ADTRAN's senior vice president of Subscriber Solutions & Experience, said in a statement.
Developed in OpenWrt, the SR652ac's open platform includes self-service portals, self-healing WiFi and subscriber analytics. If operators pair the gateway with ADTRAN's 148SVX 48-port sealed broadband micro node, they can provide customers with a whole-home or whole-business WiFi environment without needing to pull new facilities to each unit, the vendor said.
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