Showing posts with label ADTRAN. Show all posts
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Thursday, May 16, 2019

ADTRAN's SmartOS gateways leverage Super-Vectoring

ADTRAN introduced its new SmartRG 652ac (SR652ac) residential and small business gateway with the ability to deliver highly competitive broadband—up to 700 Mbps — without service or customer disruptions via bonded super-vectoring (VDSL2 profile 35b) technology.

ADTRAN said this highly scalable fiber broadband extension technology is ideal for the rapidly growing MDU/MTU markets because it uses the existing in-building wiring to each unit. Further, service providers can run super-vectoring in parallel to other xDSL technologies in their access network, adding additional operational savings.

The SR652ac also provides advanced capabilities via its open software platform (based on OpenWrt), including self-service portals, self-healing Wi-Fi and subscriber analytics. When paired with the ADTRAN 1148SVX 48-port sealed broadband micronode, operators now have a highly scalable solution to create efficient and cost-effective whole-home and whole-business Wi-Fi environments without the time and expense of pulling new facilities to each unit.

“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,” ADTRAN’s Senior Vice President of Subscriber Solutions & Experience, Jeff McInnis, said. “We can significantly reduce the cost and resources required to introduce new solutions into a network and help our customers bring better services to their subscribers through our feature-rich, SmartOS platform—enhancing the experience for everyone.”

ADTRAN acquires SmartRG for Connected Home software platforms

ADTRAN has acquired SmartRG Inc, a supplier of open-source connected home platforms and cloud services for broadband service providers. Financial terms were not disclosed.

SmartRG, which is based in Vancouver, Washington, offers a portfolio of cloud-management, analytics, Wi-Fi-enabled residential gateways along with a SmartOS software platform.

SmartRG counts more than 3 million devices in service and over 1.3 million devices under management in North America, the Caribbean and South America. The company expects to scale and drive growth through its differentiated software solutions as more customers shift from closed, proprietary options to SmartOS—its open-source-based, cloud-enabled solution suite.

ADTRAN said SmartRG's Smart OS, together with its own ADTRAN Mosaic platform, provides full end-to-end management and orchestration solutions from cloud edge to subscriber edge. Service providers understand that bandwidth must now be delivered not only to the doorstep but down to every device within a home to meet consumer expectations.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

ADTRAN posts Q1 sales of $144M

ADTRAN reported Q1 2019 revenues of $143.8 million compared to $120.8 million for the same period last year. Net income was $0.8 million compared to a net loss of $10.8 million for the first quarter of 2018. Non-GAAP net income was $4.9 million compared to a net loss of $15.8 million for the first quarter of 2018.

ADTRAN Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Tom Stanton stated, “We are pleased with our progress in the first quarter of 2019. Our revenue was diverse and well balanced with material contributions across the LATAM, EMEA, North America, and Pacific Rim regions. Furthermore, our broad portfolio of next-generation solutions continues to gain market traction with a growing number of customers in an expanding range of market segments. This progress underscores the company’s global strategy of diversification across geographies and markets.”

http://www.adtran.com

Thursday, February 28, 2019

ADTRAN debuts Fixed Wireless Access for 5G

ADTRAN has extended its fixed wireless access portfolio with the addition of new millimeter wave (mmWave) mesh and point-to-multipoint (PTMP) solutions for supporting dense 5G networks.

The company confirmed that it is working with a number of Tier 1 carriers and regional service providers in the U.S. and EMEA to design, deploy and manage access and backhaul networks utilizing mmWave/mesh/SON technologies.

“Multi-gigabit broadband service extension via fixed wireless is essential to a comprehensive and cost-effective 5G network and provides a tremendous speed to market advantage,” ADTRAN VP of Cable and Wireless Strategy Hossam Salib said. “Fixed wireless technologies can be easier and more affordable to deploy than fixed fibre, which makes new millimeter wave and point-to-multipoint innovations excellent choices to build the dense backhaul network 5G requires.”

“We are integrating these mmWave mesh and point-to-multipoint solutions into our Mosaic software platform to ease deployment and migration to SDN/NFV architectures as we help operators deploy fixed wireless solutions,” Salib said. “We then bring all the pieces together by leveraging ADTRAN’s network implementation service expertise, which allows operators to customize and integrate multiple wireless access technologies into their overall 5G strategy.”

ADTRAN joins Telefónica's 10G PON demonstration

ADTRAN joined in Telefónica’s 10G PON demonstration at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

The demo leveraged an SDN-Enabled Broadband Access (SEBA) architecture, including a virtualized control plane, to deliver converged residential, business and mobile backhaul services. ADTRAN supplied its SDX 10G PON OLTs to aggregate multi-vendor ONTs as part of the demonstration.

ADTRAN SD-Access 10G PON offers an open, disaggregated network by utilizing virtualized access software from the Open Networking Foundation (ONF). This capability enables multiple OLT and ONU vendors to seamlessly interoperate in any environment and allows Telefónica to more easily accelerate the deployment of programmable, software-based service architectures.

“As an ONF partner, ADTRAN provides access solutions for the open networking ecosystem so that service providers around the world can streamline the creation and deployment of revenue-generating services,” ADTRAN Americas CTO Robert Conger said. “Telefónica is leveraging ADTRAN’s SD-Access portfolio with flexible 10G PON to support existing FTTH subscribers while seamlessly providing a path to higher-bandwidth services.”

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Lumos lights up 10G PON in rural Virginia with ADTRAN

Lumos Networks is deploying ADTRAN's 10G fiber access portfolio to deliver network-wide 10Gbps or 10G fiber services for small business customers in rural Virginia.

Lumos Networks, which has been an ADTRAN customer for nearly a decade, is using the ADTRAN Total Access 5000 fiber broadband platform as the cornerstone of its access network. The carrier is now using the ADTRAN software-defined access (SD-Access) architecture.

“The number of applications that require more robust broadband services continues to grow for both residential and small business customers, especially with emerging technologies accelerating network demands,” said Lumos Networks SVP and General Manager Diego Anderson. “Our partnership with ADTRAN positions us to create reliable connections with our customers while delivering a level of distinguishing service and support over a fiber-based infrastructure. The initial product offering will include tiered symmetrical speed profiles of two, four and eight gigabits per second for delivering higher-speed solutions to meet evolving customer requirements. We also anticipate increasing speed profiles in the future based on the flexibility provided within this platform.”

“Lumos Networks is committed to serve as the leading provider of fiber broadband services in each of its markets so that its customers can reap the benefits that next-generation 10G services bring to communities and individual customers,” stated ADTRAN’s Vice President and Head of Sales for the Americas Harris Razak.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

ADTRAN posts Q4 sales of $140 million

ADTRAN posted Q4 2018 sales of $140.1 million, compared to $126.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2017. Net loss was $8.4 million compared to a net loss of $11.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2017. Earnings per share were a loss of $0.18 compared to a loss of $0.23 for the fourth quarter of 2017. Non-GAAP earnings per share were a loss of $0.12 compared to earnings of $0.05 for the fourth quarter of 2017.

ADTRAN Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Tom Stanton stated, “Operating results for the final quarter of 2018 came in largely as expected with strong international revenue growth and an increase in U.S. tier 1 sales allowing the company to offset its normal sequential seasonal trend. International revenue contributed 46.6% of the total with strong contributions from the Asia-Pacific and LATAM regions. Our customer engagements increased, centering around our comprehensive portfolio of software-defined access, 10G solutions and G.fast products. During the quarter, we also acquired SmartRG, a leading provider of open-source connected home platforms and cloud services, whose software approach to delivering both hardware-based and virtualized solutions will enable us to extend the value of our open, programmable and web scalable Mosaic Cloud platform."

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

ADTRAN intros next-gen FTTN platform for rural broadband

ADTRAN introduced the sixth generation of its sealed micro Fiber-to-the-Node (FTTN) platform.

The solution is targetted at the 700,000 locations covered by the Connect America Fund (CAF) Phase II program.

Highlights:

  • Includes a complete portfolio from low-density (16 subscribers) sealed micro FTTN solutions for rural deployments to high-density system level vectoring solutions (up to 384 subscribers across eight nodes) to serve semi-urban environments and Multi-Dwelling Units (MDUs)
  • Delivers up to 500Mbps services utilizing technologies such as Vectoring and Super-Vectoring to address competitive needs
  • ADTRAN’s long-reach backhaul technology extends service coverage thousands of feet from the fiber node to quickly and cost-effectively connect hard to reach rural subscribers
  • Supports multiple powering options, including local and remote, with flexible built-in holdover and battery backup options, greatly reducing installation and maintenance costs
  • Support for both integrated (combo) and overlay POTS, together with IPTV services, allow service providers to deliver best-in-class triple play services
  • This CAF orientated wide reach ultra-broadband solution paired with the ADTRAN whole-home Wi-Fi solution delivers an integrated connected home solution

“ADTRAN is committed to supporting service providers as they address the broadband disparity in rural America, and our focus remains on delivering the best available options on the market today—solutions that allow them to fully tackle challenging CAF II deployment requirements while minimizing expenses,” ADTRAN Portfolio Manager Javier Lopez said. “Service providers looking to offer triple play services in both underserved and urban areas will find everything they need within the most recent additions to our access portfolio.”

ADTRAN notes that the FCC recently announced updates to its CAF program to improve the quality and availability of high-speed internet service in rural America. Further, the U.S. Department of Agriculture also unveiled a $600 million loan and grant program to assist with building rural broadband infrastructure.

http://www.adtran.com

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Update on ONF's SDN Enabled Broadband Access

Here's an update on the SDN Enabled Broadband Access reference design developed by Open Networking Foundation (ONF), presented by ADTRAN's Kurt Raaflaub.


https://youtu.be/psvPvGUT_W4

SEBA is a lightweight platform based on a variant of R-CORD. It supports a multitude of virtualized access technologies at the edge of the carrier network, including PON, G.Fast, and eventually DOCSIS and more. SEBA supports both residential access and wireless backhaul and is optimized such that traffic can run ‘fastpath’ straight through to the backbone without requiring VNF processing on a server.


https://www.opennetworking.org/seba/

ADTRAN acquires SmartRG for Connected Home software platforms

ADTRAN has acquired SmartRG Inc, a supplier of open-source connected home platforms and cloud services for broadband service providers. Financial terms were not disclosed.

SmartRG, which is based in Vancouver, Washington, offers a portfolio of cloud-management, analytics, Wi-Fi-enabled residential gateways along with a SmartOS software platform.

SmartRG counts more than 3 million devices in service and over 1.3 million devices under management in North America, the Caribbean and South America. The company expects to scale and drive growth through its differentiated software solutions as more customers shift from closed, proprietary options to SmartOS—its open-source-based, cloud-enabled solution suite.

ADTRAN said SmartRG's Smart OS, together with its own ADTRAN Mosaic platform, provides full end-to-end management and orchestration solutions from cloud edge to subscriber edge. Service providers understand that bandwidth must now be delivered not only to the doorstep but down to every device within a home to meet consumer expectations.

“We are very excited to welcome everyone at SmartRG—a growing and profitable enterprise—and look forward to their contributions to our team,” ADTRAN Sr. Vice President of Technology and Strategy Jay Wilson said. “SmartRG’s expansive customer base exemplifies its market leadership and we are committed to a smooth transition, as we move toward full collaboration and integration with our award-winning Mosaic platforms.”

“As fiber-based, virtually future-proof residential networks become a reality and bandwidth is no longer the gating factor, value creation will come from the ability to optimize the subscriber experience,” SmartRG President and CEO Jeff McInnis said. “Our ability to deliver against this need will enable ADTRAN and SmartRG customers to lower costs, simplify and scale networks and grow revenue by creating higher-value and lasting relationships with their customers.”


http://wwww.SmartRG.com
http://www.adtran.com

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Australia's NBN Co deploys ADTRAN's in-ground G.fast DPUs

Australia's NBN Co will deploy ADTRAN's 2nd generation G.fast Distribution Point Units (DPUs) in the next phase of the country’s national broadband access network.

ADTRAN confirmed that it has shipped hundreds of thousands of the most advanced generation of G.fast ports for this project. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The first G.fast DPUs are being installed in the Sydney suburb of Rockdale, where the newest phase of the wholesale nbn is being built out by 2020. This is the first network in the world to deliver high speeds of broadband via in-ground G.fast DPUs, according to NBN Chief Network Engineering Officer Peter Ryan.

“ADTRAN is a valued strategic partner for nbn and has played a key role helping nbn meet our deployment goals to evolve our network,” Ryan said. “I am very pleased that we are taking this next step together on our journey of delivering cutting-edge technology to Australians with our first deployment of ADTRAN G.fast technology onto the nbn FTTC network. Having this technology in the ground today gives us additional flexibility to meet end-user demand as it evolves.”

“NBN is setting a global standard for advanced Gigabit Society infrastructure by designing and implementing a nationwide broadband network using multiple next-generation technologies, including G.fast, to scale to gigabit service rates and beyond,” ADTRAN EMEA/APAC Chief Technology Officer Ronan Kelly said. “ADTRAN is proud to be a partner in this exciting project, which has shown how the nbn – in eight short years – has already contributed significantly to the economy and social wellbeing of millions of Australians.”

ADTRAN notes that it was among the first to deliver G.fast solutions that conform with Amendment 3 of the ITU-T G.fast standard, which doubles the usable spectrum from 106 MHz to 212 MHz and reduces the power consumption to enable convenient and cost effective reverse power feeding. With Amendment 3, G.fast is now capable of providing an aggregated bandwidth of 2 Gbps, delivering fibre-like speeds for applications which require leveraging the existing phone or cable television wiring infrastructure. The increased capacity also helps operators with additional deployment flexibility, as for the first time G.fast-based services can be delivered to locations where these need to coexist with existing VDSL2 services while still maintaining the ability to deliver symmetric Gigabit speeds.

http://www.adtran.com

ADTRAN delivers 2nd gen Gfast capable of 2 Gbps

ADTRAN launched its 2nd generation Gfast products allowing for the transparent extension of FTTH service capabilities.

The company is the first to deliver Gfast solutions that conform with Amendment 3 of the ITU-T G.fast standard, which doubles the usable spectrum from previously 106 Mhz to 212 MHz. With Amendment 3, Gfast is now capable of providing an aggregated bandwidth of 2 Gbps, delivering fiber-like speeds for Multi-Dwelling Units (MDUs) and other applications which require leveraging the existing phone or cable television wiring infrastructure.

ADTRAN said the increased capacity also helps operators with additional deployment flexibility, as for the first time Gfast-based services can be delivered to locations where these need to coexist with existing VDSL2 services while still maintaining the ability to deliver symmetric Gigabit speeds. The company has Gfast deployments underway with Tier 1 carrier networks in Asia, Australia, North America and Europe.

“Second generation Gfast solutions can allow operators, municipalities and regulatory agencies another delivery path to meeting the goal of delivering Gigabit speeds to consumers,” IHS Markit Principal Analyst, Service Provider Technology, John Kendall said. “The current Gfast market is set for strong growth as leading service providers are ramping deployments as a natural extension of their fiber investment strategies and Gigabit service rollout plans.”

“In today’s global economy, having access to Gigabit services has become playing stakes for any carrier that wants to compete for residential services,” ADTRAN Director of Portfolio Management, Broadband Solutions, Werner Heinrich said. “By delivering the industry’s most complete SD-Access solution set, including fully Gigabit-capable Gfast solutions, ADTRAN is providing our customers with the opportunity to expand the reach of their fiber broadband services and open the way into the Gigabit Society for many more of their subscribers.”

https://www.adtran.com/index.php/adtran-delivers-first-2nd-gen-gfast-solutions-as-worldwide-deployments-ramp





Tuesday, November 20, 2018

ADTRAN claims lead in 10G PON

A new global service provider survey by Broadbandtrends has named ADTRAN as the top source in all categories for delivering the next-generation technology, products, services and solutions needed to help network operators build their best 10G fiber access networks. The “Global Service Provider Survey” analyzed the results from interviews with incumbent and competitive operators in all major regions, ADTRAN placed first in every category for its 10G fiber access solutions and services.

ADTRAN’s fiber access portfolio includes XGS-PON, NG-PON2 or 10G-EPON.

According to its “Global Service Provider Survey: 2018 10G PON Deployment Strategies & Vendor Leadership” report, 79% of carriers worldwide plan to deploy 10G PON by 2020.

“10G PON is the next wave that network operators worldwide will ride as they look to meet and exceed the needs of business and residential customers eager for higher-speed services,” ADTRAN’s Director of Portfolio Management Ryan McCowan said. “10G PON provides the infrastructure our customers will leverage as they look to deploy high-value business services along with multi-gigabit residential services, prepare for 5G applications and increase the overall ROI of broadband service delivery.”

“10G PON is a clear market priority for service providers for its ability to enable carriers to simplify network architecture and expand their addressable markets. ADTRAN’s dedication to delivering the products and solutions the market wants has clearly been recognized by service providers worldwide,” said Teresa Mastrangelo, Broadbandtrends Principal Analyst.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

ADTRAN shows SDN-Enabled Broadband Access with ONF

At this week's Broadband World Forum in Berlin, ADTRAN is participating in an SDN-Enabled Broadband Access (SEBA) demonstration with the Open Networking Foundation (ONF). ADTRAN is showcasing its integration with multiple OLT and ONU vendors in the latest version of the SEBA reference architecture.

ADTRAN’s OLT and ONU solutions are shown in a SEBA pod that is on display in ONF’s Booth (Hall 22a, Booth No. B116). The ONF defines SEBA as a lightweight platform based on a variant of R-CORD (Residential Central Office Re-architected as a Datacenter). It supports a broad range of virtualized access technologies at the network edge, as well as both residential access and wireless backhaul.

“This demonstration highlights the value that SEBA brings in allowing multiple OLT and ONU vendors to seamlessly interoperate in an open, multi-vendor environment, leveraging open source software platforms developed through the ONF and its partners,” ADTRAN CTO, Americas, Robert Conger said. “ADTRAN fully supports this vision, and it is part of our broader strategy to help operators accelerate the adoption and deployment of SD-Access systems that align with the industry’s leading blueprint for next-generation broadband architectures.”

Community Fibre picks ADTRAN to build 10G Regional FTTH in UK

Community Fibre, a fibre-to-the-home internet provider based in London, has selected ADTRAN as its technology partner to deliver 10G residential and business services in the UK.

The deployment will leverage ADTRAN’s XGS-PON solutions.

Community Fibre is starting with London and expanding into other areas in the UK over the next several years.

“We are seeing tremendous interest for Gigabit and above service offerings, and expect that having the first commercially available 10G service in London will make any building on our network more attractive to bandwidth-hungry tenants looking for a new space to call home,” Community Fibre CEO Jeremy Chelot said. “A 10G service means that our customers have the bandwidth needed to be as connected, entertained and immersed as they could possibly want, and still provide room for emerging automation-based and 5G services that we expect to hit the market in the coming years.”

“Community Fibre is focused on one of the most highly desirable and underserved demographics in the UK and is committed to meet and exceed a level of customer service that is unmatched in the market,” ADTRAN Chief Technology Officer for EMEA and APAC Ronan Kelly said. “Community Fibre has access to our wealth of network, market, planning and technology experience as they plan to aggressively roll out services throughout the UK’s urban markets.”

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

ADTRAN posted Q3 revenue of $140.3 million

ADTRAN reported third quarter 2018 revenue of $140.3 million compared to $185.1 million for the third quarter of 2017. Net income was $7.6 million compared to $15.9 million for the third quarter of 2017. Earnings per share, assuming dilution, were $0.16 compared to $0.33 for the third quarter of 2017.

Non-GAAP earnings per share were $0.21 compared to $0.37 for the third quarter of 2017. GAAP earnings per share include the expense of stock-based compensation, acquisition related amortizations and other expenses, and restructuring expenses. The reconciliation between GAAP earnings per share, diluted, and non-GAAP earnings per share, diluted, is in the table provided.

ADTRAN Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Tom Stanton stated, “Total revenue for the quarter grew 10% sequentially, including the effect of a late start to our G.fast shipments to the Asia-Pacific region. Notwithstanding the G.fast shipment impact, our third quarter results showed strong improvements in gross margins and operating expenses. On a regional basis, sales contributions followed typical seasonal patterns with growth in the Americas, expected seasonal declines in Europe and growth in Asia-Pacific, driven by new customer activity. Looking forward, we are very encouraged by the continued momentum in ultra-broadband shipments to both carriers and MSOs globally as service providers continue to evolve their networks to meet changing customer expectations.”

Monday, October 15, 2018

ADTRAN opens the door to 10G PON residential

ADTRAN introduced a 10G PON residential optical network terminal (ONT) -- opening the door to mass market 10G PON deployment by offering a multi-gigabit, symmetric alternative to single gigabit capable GPON, EPON, Gfast and DOCSIS 3.1 services. The company already offered  10G PON business ONTs.

The new ADTRAN SDX 621X ONT supports symmetrical 10G PON technologies and uses a flexible optics approach that enables service providers to support existing fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) subscribers, while also simultaneously supporting higher-bandwidth business and 4G/5G “anyhaul” services over a single, common network.

“The original use cases for 10G PON focused on multi-gigabit enterprise and infrastructure backhaul services, given the high costs of 10G PON ONT optics,” Ovum Principal Analyst Julie Kunstler said. “Technical innovation, as seen within the ADTRAN 10G PON solution, along with economies of scale spurred by 10G deployments globally, are driving down the cost difference between GPON and 10G. Consequently, 10G PON is now a viable option for residential subscriber deployments, and operators understand the competitive and future-proofing benefits of moving to 10G.”

“The demand for higher capacity fiber access will continue to grow as new applications enter the market and operators look to increase efficiency by converging all services onto a common infrastructure,” ADTRAN Portfolio Director for Fiber Access Ryan McCowan said. “With 100G switching, 10G access, and now mass-market 10G CPE, covered by end-to-end open service orchestration, ADTRAN is leading the next wave in fiber broadband.”

Thursday, September 13, 2018

ADTRAN intros cloud-managed WiFi solution for service providers

ADTRAN introduced a cloud-managed Wi-Fi solution that enables service providers to enter the large, underserved small business market.

Cloud-managed Wi-Fi services have been one of the fastest growing segments for enterprise cloud.

ADTRAN’s enterprise Wi-Fi offering includes the following:

  • 100% cloud-managed IT: No required subscriptions or licenses. No installation or management of on-premises controller or software.
  • Zero Touch AP Provisioning: APs automatically discover the cloud and download firmware configuration.
  • Zero-IT Setup: Fully functional employee and guest network in five minutes or less with just a few wizard-driven key strokes and mouse clicks.
  • Powerful enterprise-class APs: Efficient pricing at 75% lower than typical enterprise-class APs and licenses.
  • A “just right” feature set: Focused on robust enterprise connectivity and security with seamless upgrades to ADTRAN advanced features and flexible deployment options
  • Machine learning-powered Wi-Fi: Self-optimizing and healing technology that includes DynamicRF for automatically adjusting optimal radio settings, DynamicSteering for automatically steering clients to the best AP or radio within an AP; and DynamicMulticast,  whichprevents multicast traffic typically sent at low data rates from impacting overall performance by learning about traffic patterns and automatically adjusting optimal multicast settings.
  • Interactive support community: Optional upgrades to enhanced support
  • Every AP is a starting point: Scale from a handful of APs to thousands across multiple locations and customers

“Subscribers are increasingly judging the quality of their internet experience based on the quality of their Wi-Fi,” ADTRAN Manager of Wi-Fi Technology and Strategy Ken Fernandes said. “ADTRAN’s new enterprise-class Wi-Fi allows service providers to help their cost-conscious micro and small business customers by simply bundling ADTRAN APs, while reducing costs and complexity. Service providers can now upsell and seamlessly upgrade their subscribers to enhanced services and features, further increasing ARPU.”

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Google's Super PON could be a game changer

Google is working on a "Super PON" architecture that could improve the economics of fiber-to-the-home deployments, said Claudio DeSanti, Architect at Google Fiber, speaking last week at ADTRAN's Broadband Business Solutions event in Huntsville, Alabama.

Google's foray into last mile fiber access networks dates back to 2010 when it announced plans to challenge the incumbent telcos and MSOs in the U.S. with a Google-branded and delivered gigabit broadband and TV service. Google Access picked Kansas City for its first deployment and opened a public comment process to identify future rollout locations. Nearly 1,100 communities across the country expressed interest in participating in the Google project and nearly 200,000 individuals submitted comments.

DeSanti presented the timeline that eventually took Google Access to 11 cities

Then, in October 2016, the Google Fiber project officially hit the pause button. Craig Barratt, who was CEO of Access, stepped down. The said it would continue rolling out in the cities in it was already present, but that is was pausing operations and laying off workers in many cities where it had once anticipated deploying an FTTH network. Google said its effort had spurred AT&T and others to get serious about FTTH, while holding out the possibility of reentering the market if and when new technology options became available.


De Santi said the major lessons learned from this undertaking were that building infrastructure is complex, especially the lengthy permitting process that varies from city to city, and that last mile construction and outside plant costs represent the bulk of spending, mostly because of labor. Google found aerial FTTH to be prohibitively expensive due to policy restrictions of pole sharing with utility companies.

Regarding future rollouts, DeSanti said Google is now taking a more practical perspective on running the business for profit and sustainability.

In February 2018, Dinesh (Dinni) Jain ws been appointed CEO of Access, the new name for the Google Fiber and Webpass business. Jain most recently served as Chief Operating Officer of Time Warner Cable.

DeSanti said the Super-PON architecture that his team is developing could be a game changer for several reasons. First, it targets a 50 km reach from the Central Office to the subscriber, rather than the 20km target of the current technology. The longer reach is achieved with amplification. This means a larger serving area per CO, and few COs needed to cover a whole city. For a mid-sized U.S. metropolitan area, the current PON architecture requires Google to operate 16 COs. The Super PON might need as few as 3 COs to do the same job. These CO could also be CDN distribution points. No active equipment is deployed outside the CO. It operates over a passive ODN.

Second, the Super PON targets up to 1,024 subscribers, up significantly from the maximum 64-subscriber split available on its current technology. With Super PON, DWDM is used to multiplex multiple channels over a single feeder fiber. DeSanti said few fibers would be needed to support the same number of customers, enabling the deployment of small cables (12-48 fiber cables versus 432-fiber cables). The advantage of smaller cables is that micro-trenching techniques can be used, cutting the time and cost of deployment. Repairs to a fiber cut could also be handled much faster for a 24-fiber cable (under 2 hours) versus 8-hours to repair a 432-fiber cable.

DeSanti noted that Super PON standardization began in January 2018 with a presentation at the New Ethernet Applications group of IEEE 802.3. Last month, IEEE 802.3 approved the formation of a Super PON Study Group. In parallel, Super PON has also been presented to both ITU-T and FSAN, possibly as an NG-PON2 extension. Google has a pre-standard implementation deployed in the field.

An open question is whether Super PON economics leads Google to unpause its Access ambitions.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

ADTRAN posts Q2 sales of $128 million

ADTRAN posted Q2 2018 sales of $128.0 million compared to $184.7 million a year earlier. Net loss was $7.7 million compared to net income of $12.4 million for the second quarter of 2017. Earnings per share, assuming dilution, were a loss of $0.16 compared to income of $0.26 for the second quarter of 2017. Non-GAAP earnings per share were a loss of $0.10 compared to income of $0.30 for the second quarter of 2017. GAAP earnings per share include the expense of stock-based compensation, acquisition related amortizations and other expenses, and a restructuring program. The reconciliation between GAAP earnings per share, diluted, and non-GAAP earnings per share, diluted, is in the table provided.

ADTRAN Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Tom Stanton stated, “Our second quarter results showed steady improvement from the previous quarter. We are pleased with our quarter-over-quarter growth in revenue and gross margins. Looking ahead, we expect our international business to remain strong through the second half of the year. We are also encouraged by what we are seeing in our North American carrier and cable/MSO business – all of which indicate further momentum as we head into 2019.”

The Company also announced that its Board of Directors declared a cash dividend for the second quarter of 2018. The quarterly cash dividend is $0.09 per common share to be paid to holders of record at the close of business on August 1, 2018. The ex-dividend date is July 31, 2018, and the payment date is August 15, 2018.

Monday, May 14, 2018

ADTRAN heads Broadband Forum’s Application-Level Traffic Generation Testing

ADTRAN is leading an initiative within the Broadband Forum that will leverage application-level traffic generation for advanced broadband testing.

The idea is to develop standardized testing of dynamically reconfigured virtualized services, which can challenge traditional methods of performance characterization.

The first project in the Application-level Traffic Generation for Advanced Broadband Testing Project Stream is expected to be completed in late 2018, with follow-on projects in early 2019. It will deliver on the following principals:

  • Define and specify a model for the generation of test traffic at the application level that emulates real-time domain behavior of multiple applications from multiple subscribers.
  • Create a reference implementation for use in test cases in Open Broadband Labs and in other test environments as developed by the Broadband Forum and other industry stakeholders.
  • Primarily address high-speed internet access for residential use. In a later phase, business applications could also be addressed.


“This initiative will benefit service providers, vendors and testing labs by fundamentally allowing them to manage the increasingly complex subscriber traffic on the network as application and service parameters change and evolve,” Broadband Forum CEO Robin Mersh said. “The project stream will have far-reaching positive effects on the entire industry and is why the Broadband Forum is championing it. ADTRAN’s domain experience in helping the industry transition to a more flexible, scalable and secure software-defined access network is certainly appreciated.”

“As carriers invest in upgrading the access infrastructure and look to leverage the service creation capabilities now available, it is critical that testing evolves to keep pace and ensure that the promises of software-defined access are realized,” ADTRAN Senior Staff Scientist and Project Stream Leader Ken Ko said. “ADTRAN has played an instrumental role in bringing this work forward and we look forward to collaborating with our peers within the Broadband Forum to advance this important work.”

Friday, April 20, 2018

ADTRAN appoints John Neville as Senior VP of Sales

ADTRAN announced the appointment of John Neville as senior vice president of sales, replacing Charles Marsh who is leaving the company to pursue other opportunities.

Neville joined ADTRAN as head of business development, and his responsibilities expanded to include European and Asian sales organizations. In addition to serving in executive management at Ericsson, Neville has served in leadership roles at Nortel and Honeywell Bull, as well as Bell Atlantic, NYNEX and Cox Cable.

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