Edgecore Networks develops multi-service OLT access router with Exaware and FONEX

May 31, 2023
The OLT access routers will leverage MicroPlug pluggable OLT transceivers from Tibit Communications.

Edgecore Networks says it has partnered with Exaware and FONEX Data Systems, Inc. to develop open PON optical line terminal (OLT) access routers. The OLT access routers will leverage MicroPlug pluggable OLT transceivers from Tibit Communications.

The offering features Broadcom DNX-based hardware from Edgecore Networks integrated with ExaNOS software from Exaware. The Tibit MicroPlug SFP+ “OLT in a pluggable” will provide the OLT functionality. FONEX is supplying systems integration expertise to the partnership. Exaware will sell the OLT access routers to communications services providers.

“Exaware’s unique multi-service access solution, including onboard device support for native Tibit MicroPlug SFP+ OLT pluggables and software environment, offers CSPs a simple alternative to using traditional fixed chassis-based OLT and switch router devices at the access and edge locations of the network,” said Reinhard Florin, vice president of global sales and marketing at Exaware. “Exaware’s network operating system, ExaNOS, is a carrier-grade networking software that runs on any Broadcom DNX-based hardware. The combined Exaware, Edgecore, and Tibit solution collapses carrier-grade IP/MPLS routing, switching, and OLT functionality into a single, hardened 1 rack unit (RU) device that is extremely scalable and cost-effective.”

“Open networking solutions enable carriers to rapidly build new capacity,” commented Nanda Ravindan, vice president of product management, Edgecore Networks. “As the first hardware vendor to contribute open platforms to the Telecom Infra Project (TIP), Edgecore Networks is enabling carriers to reduce the cost of network deployment while moving toward a more consistent and open infrastructure across the network.”

“FONEX is thrilled to partner with Exaware and Edgecore, and to keep advancing the adoption of open 10G PON solutions,” said Pasquale Ricciardi, CTO, FONEX. “We strongly believe in the future of open networking, and we recognize that successful partnerships are key to making open access networking more powerful, efficient, and accessible.”

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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.

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