Telefónica to pair with Radisys for disaggregated open broadband network

Oct. 24, 2022
The decision comes after lab testing of the product line elements and is expected to lead to deployment in a live commercial network next year.

Radisys Corp. and Telefónica S.A. say that the Spain-based service provider will deploy elements of Radisys’s Connect Open Broadband portfolio to create an open, disaggregated broadband network. The decision comes after lab testing of the product line elements and is expected to lead to deployment in a live commercial network next year.

The cloud-native Connect Open Broadband line includes white-box Combo-PON optical line terminals (OLTs), the Connect Broadband Access Controller (CBAC), and Radisys Management System (RMS) software. Radisys says that use of an open, disaggregated broadband network strategy enables Telefónica to leverage multiple vendors in its network, avoiding both vendor lock-in as well as supply chain issues. Lower total cost of ownership and a path toward network automation are other benefits, according to the company.

“We’ve been working closely with Radisys over the last few years to prove out that a disaggregated broadband network can meet the performance requirements of millions of subscribers, and we are confident in the Radisys solution,” said Daniel Cortes Olmeda, senior manager for Fixed Access, Telefónica S.A. “Telefónica partners with Radisys for deploying a new disaggregated architecture that will enable us to accelerate time-to-market and innovation while minimizing risks associated with supply chain challenges, enlarging the vendor map and guaranteeing business continuity.”

“Telefónica is an early pioneer in disaggregating its broadband network, while our open and disaggregated Connect Open Broadband solution is carrier-grade and ready for commercial deployment in the wider market,” said Harris Razak, head of Radisys’ Broadband Access Business. “We are working with Telefónica to prove out the real-world benefits of a disaggregated network in both urban and rural environments. Our solution offers flexibility and scalability for all fixed broadband scenarios. By selecting Connect Open Broadband, Telefónica has shown confidence in our solution for live commercial deployments.”

Telefónica is a longstanding proponent of open, disaggregated networking. It was an early adopter of the Telecom Infra Project’s disaggregated cell site gateway and has been an active participant in other of the organization’s efforts (see “Telefónica extends Distributed Cell Site Gateway deployments to Peru”).

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Stephen Hardy | Editorial Director and Associate Publisher, Lightwave

Stephen Hardy is editorial director and associate publisher of Lightwave and Broadband Technology Report, part of the Lighting & Technology Group at Endeavor Business Media. Stephen is responsible for establishing and executing editorial strategy across the both brands’ websites, email newsletters, events, and other information products. He has covered the fiber-optics space for more than 20 years, and communications and technology for more than 35 years. During his tenure, Lightwave has received awards from Folio: and the American Society of Business Press Editors (ASBPE) for editorial excellence. Prior to joining Lightwave in 1997, Stephen worked for Telecommunications magazine and the Journal of Electronic Defense.

Stephen has moderated panels at numerous events, including the Optica Executive Forum, ECOC, and SCTE Cable-Tec Expo. He also is program director for the Lightwave Innovation Reviews and the Diamond Technology Reviews.

He has written numerous articles in all aspects of optical communications and fiber-optic networks, including fiber to the home (FTTH), PON, optical components, DWDM, fiber cables, packet optical transport, optical transceivers, lasers, fiber optic testing, and more.

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