Viavi's OneExpert Supports Openreach on G.fast Pilot
MILPITAS, Calif. -- Viavi Solutions said that BT’s local network business, Openreach, has selected Viavi's OneExpert 580 xDSL field tester to support its G.fast pilot, continuing an ongoing business relationship.
Openreach plans to test G.fast technology to significantly boost broadband speeds for around 140,000 premises by March 2017. G.fast is a cutting-edge technology that allows delivery of ultrafast speeds over existing fibre to the cabinet lines.
Viavi previously supplied over 15,000 units to Openreach, enabling technicians to install and repair broadband service. The companies have continually collaborated to enhance test procedures by adding StrataSync cloud-based asset and data management, as well as support for smartphone-based apps to facilitate technician workflow. The hallmark of Viavi’s instruments is the modular design which reduces the total cost of test.
Peter Bell, Director Network Portfolio and NGA Operations, Openreach, said “We’re working with a number of leading suppliers and Viavi will help us to make sure we’re able to test and verify our network to a high standard. G.fast builds on our existing investment in fibre and we’re moving forward with our pilot which will see us bringing ultrafast speeds to around 140,000 premises across 17 locations by the end of March 2017.”
Manuel Mato, Vice President, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Viavi Solutions, said “Viavi is delighted to advance our relationship with Openreach to support G.fast. With over 1.6 million test instruments supporting communication service providers globally, we have the technology, network and workflow expertise to support our customers in their drive to deliver industry-leading solutions.”