Vodafone taps Nokia for fixed SDN controller trialsVodafone taps Nokia for fixed SDN controller trials
Group moves ahead with ambition to apply principles of disaggregation and openness to fixed broadband networks.
March 24, 2022
Vodafone Group and Nokia teamed to trial technology that could be deployed to further automate the operator's fixed networks throughout Europe, building on the operator's ongoing efforts to apply principles of disaggregation and openness to fixed as well as radio access networks.
In detail, the longstanding partners are conducting proof-of-concept (PoC) trials in Europe of software-defined network manager and controller (SDN-M&C) services for Vodafone's "multi-access fixed network technology."
Specifically, Vodafone is using Nokia's Altiplano SDN-M&C to build a "single pane of glass" controller to automate its network operations.
Figure 1: The group aims to apply principles of disaggregation and openness to fixed broadband networks.
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Sandy Motley, president of fixed networks at Nokia, indicated that the SDN-M&C platform provides open and standardized APIs and makes use of open source where applicable.
Motley claimed that the Altiplano Access Controller "can manage and control any SDN-native, disaggregated, legacy and third-party equipment", and noted that operators can add their own or third-party applications to "customize and further automate the network."
Gavin Young, head of Fixed Access Centre of Excellence at Vodafone, highlighted the group's ongoing efforts to simplify and automate its networks across Europe and Africa, "to further improve the customer experience and support the growing number of connected devices."
Disaggregation all the way
Nokia said the PoC builds on the announcement last September, when open RAN proponent Vodafone indicated it was looking to apply the same disaggregation principles to the broadband network gateway (BNG).
The operator teamed with Nokia, Cisco, Casa Systems and Benu Networks on what it claimed was the first test of the Broadband Forum's TR-459 standard, which enables control and user plane separation (CUPS).
Want to know more? Sign up to get our dedicated newsletters direct to your inbox At the time, Vodafone Group CTO Johan Wibergh said: "We are already driving a more diverse and open mobile ecosystem with open RAN, and now we are targeting fixed broadband." Jeff Heynen, the vice president of broadband access and home networking for analyst firm Dell'Oro, previously told Light Reading that disaggregation would allow Vodafone – with its jumble of copper, fiber, cable and fixed wireless technologies – to move its BNG functions around the network more easily. Related posts: Vodafone's open-networks obsession reaches broadband Benu Networks bolts on SASE and 5G services to broadband gateway The open RAN diversity mission is not going to plan — Anne Morris, contributing editor, special to Light Reading
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