NEW YORK -- Altran and Edgecore Networks launched an SDN-enabled virtualized access solution (SDvAS) for use with open broadband access network systems. The suite of software frameworks will help customers achieve the benefits of virtualization while accelerating the path to open networking, an operator-led initiative supporting interoperability and cost-efficient service delivery.
Altran SDvAS features enhanced open networking frameworks with robust quality assurance and full-service support. One element -- the SDvAS Virtual OLT (vOLT) framework -- provides a rich set of features built on the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) VOLTHA, Broadband Forum's (BBF) Open Broadband Access (OB-BAA) with standardized NETCONF/YANG models, and the Altran Intelligent Switch Solution (ISS) control plane. Altran's SDvAS access management solution (SAMS) enables software-defined network-based management and control of the SDvAS Virtual OLT and other third-party Virtual OLTs using the OB-BAA framework. With this solution, customers gain a migration path from traditional OLTs to virtualized solutions, resulting in valuable cost savings.
"Altran has championed interoperability standards across the industry, and this is a best-of-breed solution that delivers more control to customers with high reliability and maximum flexibility," said Brian Bronson, president of Platforms and Solutions at Altran. "Most customers have not been able to fully benefit from virtualization yet. Thanks to this collaboration with Edgecore, we can now offer a comprehensive system integration and support model that eases the adoption of open networking while reducing operating expenses."
Complementing the Virtual OLTs and addressing the need for scalable broadband network gateways (BNG) on open network hardware, Altran's SDvAS Virtual BNG provides a disaggregated, control plane and user plane separation (CUPS) solution for flexible network deployment. It supports the deployment of subscriber management functions as an elastic scalable virtual network function (VNF) on x86 compute nodes, along with traffic management capabilities on Edgecore's open networking switches that are based on Broadcom's StrataXGS and StrataDNX platforms.
"As a leading contributor to the OCP, ONF and TIP communities, Edgecore offers a comprehensive portfolio of open network core routing, broadband access and mobile backhaul solutions. We are delighted to have Altran as a member of our software partner ecosystem. Running on our open OLT platform, their software enables more choices for the broadband access market," said Matt Roman, vice president of Marketing and Product Management at Edgecore Networks.
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