Adtran adds PON assurance to ALM infrastructure assurance solution

July 13, 2023
The enhanced platform allows service providers to quickly locate faults in their PON networks.

Adtran adds PON assurance to ALM infrastructure assurance solution The enhanced platform allows service providers to quickly locate faults in their PON networks.

Adtran has introduced an extension of its ALM infrastructure assurance solution, enabling more straightforward and proactive fiber monitoring of PON networks.

The technology can leverage what Adtran says is a capability deployed in other network architectures. It can provide service providers operating fiber-to-the-home, fiber-to-the-business, or other FTTX networks with deep PON assurance to monitor their entire PON infrastructure for any faults or degradation.

Before the introduction of the ALM assurance solution, assuring PON networks was challenging and expensive. Adtran claims its platform offers a simple and cost-efficient way to leverage real-time insight so that maintenance teams can quickly locate and resolve issues before they affect customers. Finding faults before a customer is involved is vital, particularly as fiber broadband providers look to differentiate themselves from traditional players.

“The evolution of our ALM device to include deep PON assurance marks a major milestone for the industry and our company. It’s the first time since the merger of Adtran and ADVA that our combined technology teams have released a solution that shows the close synergies between the organizations,” said Christoph Glingener, CTO of Adtran. “By utilizing our expertise in these areas, we’ve developed a unique solution that could have an enormous impact on CSPs’ opex costs” because the solution works through splitters.

He added that service providers “will be able to monitor and manage their PON networks in one pane of glass,” giving them “more insight and granular control than ever before. And because our deep PON assurance technology works through splitters, we can keep capex costs low.”

Adtran’s ALM technology for in-service fiber monitoring is available immediately. It can be easily integrated into existing fiber-to-the-home, fiber-to-the-business, or any other FTTX network. The service-agnostic deep PON assurance solution eliminates the need for demarcation reflectors in the field, ensuring compatibility with any existing PON network while reducing operational complexity.

It acts like a radar to pinpoint the location of issues. The ultra-compact ALM enhances operational efficiency and sustainability by featuring fanless operation and low-power consumption. CSPs can quickly check the status of their PON network through Adtran’s web-based GUI, Ensemble Controller network management platform, or a dedicated mobile application for on-the-go access.

As an in-service fiber monitoring solution, ALM allows operators to get real-time insight into the quality of their fiber infrastructure. In the event of abnormal attenuation, fiber break, or a tapping attempt, the user is immediately notified about the issue with the exact geographic location of the event via the Adtran Ensemble Fiber Director, embedded GUI interface, or third-party GIS. And because it features a small footprint, power consumption, and self-calibration capabilities, the ALM doesn’t require regular maintenance.

“With our deep PON assurance innovation, we’re extending its benefits to many more customers, enabling FTTX network operators to shorten repair cycles and avoid unnecessary truck rolls dramatically,” said Sander Jansen, GM of Infrastructure Monitoring at Adtran. “This breakthrough technology will transform how CSPs manage their PON infrastructure, enabling them to provide a better customer experience while reducing costs and improving sustainability.”

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