Verizon OpenOMCI Passes Interop Test

Trial defines the interface for OLT-to-ONT, and specifically addresses optical network termination management and provisioning.

Alison Diana, Editor, Broadband World News

July 14, 2017

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Verizon OpenOMCI Passes Interop Test

In a trial, and in partnership with several vendors, Verizon says it has proven NG-PON2 interoperability based on its own OpenOMCI specification.

The trial specifically addressed optical network termination (ONT) management and provisioning. OpenOMCI, which is aligned with the ITU-T Recommendation G.989.3, defines the interface for optical line terminal (OLT) to ONT, according to Verizon.

Partners involved in the test included ADTRAN, Broadcom, Cortina Access, Ericsson/Calix and Intel.

By outlining the tools required to model a multi-wavelength PON, the Verizon OpenOMCI specification augments the number and ways third parties can implement a specific service function but blocks vendor-proprietary objects, according to the CSP. Standardization and interoperability reduce costs, cut time-to-market and improve usability, said Denis Khotimsky, distinguished member of the technical staff and Verizon’s lead engineer for the trial in an interview with UBB2020.

"I don't think I can give the exact numbers right now, but we see heading into interoperable systems, from Day One, creates significant benefits compared to when an operator has to procure the entire system from the same vendor," he said. "There's no option to go otherwise."

Read more about Verizon OpenOMCI on UBB2020.

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— Alison Diana, Editor, UBB2020. Follow us on Twitter @UBB2020 or @alisoncdiana.

About the Author(s)

Alison Diana

Editor, Broadband World News

Alison Diana always dreamed of being a veterinarian – until she saw a documentary of a vet removing an alligator's eye. With a love of English but no desire to be a teacher, Alison had no idea what she would do with her love of writing until she earned a four-year, full-tuition journalism scholarship to the School of Visual Arts and discovered feature writing.

An internship at Rolling Stone encouraged Alison to mix her enjoyment of music and writing until she answered an ad for a position at a B2B channel publication. And so her 25-year career covering solution and service providers, enterprises and small businesses using technologies from HPC and UC&C to cloud and security began.

Alison spent 10 years at CRN, before launching a successful freelance career writing for publications including InformationWeek, Bloomberg, Redmond Channel Partner, numerous TechTarget sites, and Florida Today. She later rejoined UBM as part of the DeusM team before heading InformationWeek's health IT section. Alison – who lives on Florida's Space Coast with her husband, teen daughter, and two spoiled cats – became part of the Light Reading team in 2016. As editor of UBB2020, she looks forward to working with the ultra-broadband community to provide year-round coverage of a market that meets at the annual Broadband World Forum, and to further cement ties among the individuals and organizations that create this thriving industry. 

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