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|ADTRAN Mobilizes Software Defined Access|
Open and agile “x”haul solutions to drive availability, flexibility and choice in 5G services
5G promises network connectivity 10 to 100 times faster than 4G networks, with latency of less than 1msec, making real-time applications such as mixed reality and autonomous vehicles enabled by this 5th generation of mobile networks. To fully leverage the potential of 5G, several industry shifts must occur. First, service providers will need to deploy a large number of radios closer to the edge of the network to provide the performance levels necessary to seamlessly deliver bandwidth-intensive applications like mobile video and virtual or augmented reality. Second, the industry must also align on the need for more transport-friendly Ethernet backhaul. Third, the industry must extend the SDN/NFV initiatives to the 5G mobile network core across the access network in the form of software defined access (SD-Access). SD-Access for 5G incorporates point-to-point (P2P) and point-to-multipoint (P2MP) next-generation PON and will take a leading role in building the converged backhaul, fronthaul and crosshaul networks that will support high-bandwidth and low-latency connectivity.
“As network operators prepare for the implementation of 5G, it’s
essential they can plan for, and rely on, the coming of age of open
mobile access networks,” said
As we drive toward open networks, we believe that FANS allows competing service providers to operate independently and securely on a shared, open access network. In previous generations of networks, operators have been forced to build competing access infrastructures because wholesale mechanisms such as VULA (Virtual Unbundled Local Access) have proved insufficient for their requirements. In the case of 5G networks, the adoption of FANS can serve to cost-reduce and accelerate deployment while simultaneously address the autonomy and privacy required by those operators using wholesale access to the network.
“5G densification is a watershed moment for network operators. They now
have the opportunity to embrace a more open, programmable, scalable
access network in order to achieve the network growth, performance and
diversity demanded by end users and regulators alike,” commented
ADTRAN’s SD-Access solution flexibly combines NG-PON2, XGS-PON and 10G EPON – keystone next-generation access technologies - allowing network operators to cost-effectively support mobile, enterprise and residential use cases with a single, universal platform.